Ladder of Years

Ladder of Years

Book - 1995
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--Chicago Tribune

BALTIMORE WOMAN DISAPPEARS DURING FAMILY VACATION, declares the headline. Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To her husband and three almost-grown children, she has vanished without trace or reason. But for Delia, who feels like a tiny gnat buzzing around her family's edges, "walking away from it all" is not a premeditated act but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life. . . .

"TYLER DETAILS DELIA'S ADVENTURE WITH GREAT SKILL. . . . As so often in her earlier fiction, [she] creates distinct characters caught in poignantly funny situations. . . . Tyler writes with a clarity that makes the commonplace seem fresh and the pathetic touching."
--The New York Times

Baker & Taylor
Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead, mother of three almost-grown children, impulsively walks away from her marriage and sets off into the unknown to begin an entirely new life, but suddenly she discovers that she is accumulating fresh responsibilities

& Taylor

To her family, forty-year-old Delia--last seen strolling down the Delaware shore carrying a beach tote with $500 tucked inside--had disappeared without a trace, but to Delia, "walking away from it all" had been an impulse that will offer her new and exciting things. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780804113472
Branch Call Number: FICTION TYLER
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 25 cm


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CRRL_MegRaymond Aug 01, 2017

Delia walks out on her old life without looking back. She feels undervalued and taken advantage of by her family, and wants a new start with no responsibilities. But, somehow, responsibilities have followed her to her new life.

Aug 03, 2016

Definitely not my favorite Tyler. I liked Delia, a lot. It was never clear, to her or me, why she walked away from her family. Her new life clearly suited her, one she built from scratch. She became beloved to many for who she was, not what she could do for people who didn't know the color of her eyes. Some of the reviews on the paperback version I read called the book a fantasy. But which version of Delia's life was the fantasy? The one she began with, or the one she built on her own? The ending disappointed me.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 27, 2014

A 40 year old wife and mother on a beach holiday literally walks away from the only life she has ever known and is spellbound by the simple sense of freedom she finds - a plain cheap room, one dress and a minimum wage job. Beautifully written, engagingly unique and utterly convincing.

Mar 12, 2013

A 40 year old woman walks away from her family, feeling unvalued and expendable. She rewinds her life, restarting in a new town, only to recreate her old life. Although told with humour, the story is not very believable and is left somewhat unresolved.

Sep 08, 2012

I'm sorry , but I don't agree with the critics on this one . It's good - just not a masterpiece . Other works of hers have far more interesting characters .

loonylovesgood Jan 29, 2012

Depressing and hard to relate to the main character. It was good, not one I would add to my shelves, though.


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