Back When We Were Grownups

Back When We Were Grownups

Book - 2001
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Random House, Inc.
“A WONDERFUL NOVEL . . . Tyler’s eye and ear for familial give and take is unerring, her humanity irresistible. You’ll want to turn back to the first chapter the moment you finish the last.”
People (Page-Turner of the Week)

“STUNNING . . . ‘Once upon a time,’ the story begins, ‘there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person.’ . . . With Rebecca Davitch, Tyler has created a character who is brave enough to look back on her life and to imagine herself making different kinds of choices. Brave enough to wonder what honesty looks like, whether there is ever really a single distillation of self that is unshakable and true. . . . Anne Tyler has a talent for spinning out characters . . . who go on living long after their stories end.”
–The Baltimore Sun

“Her characters endear themselves to the reader with their candor and their wit and their simple decency. . . . The charm of an Anne Tyler novel lies in the clarity of her prose and the wisdom of her observations.”
–The Washington Post Book World


“RESEMBLES JANE AUSTEN’S PERSUASION IN THAT IT’S A NOVEL ABOUT SECOND CHANCES . . . The tension that keeps the narrative alive is our desire for Rebecca to get the recognition and respect that we know she deserves from her family, and from herself. It’s always good to have a character to root for.”
–San Jose Mercury News

“Maybe there’s something glorious to be said, after all, for companionship, common cause, and sanctuary. And what there is to say, Anne Tyler has been saying for decades, with gravity and grace.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“A WONDERFUL NOVEL . . . Tyler’s eye and ear for familial give and take is unerring, her humanity irresistible. You’ll want to turn back to the first chapter the moment you finish the last.” – People (Page-Turner of the Week) “STUNNING . . . ‘Once upon a time,’ the story begins, ‘there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person.’ . . . With Rebecca Davitch, Tyler has created a character who is brave enough to look back on her life and to imagine herself making different kinds of choices. Brave enough to wonder what honesty looks like, whether there is ever really a single distillation of self that is unshakable and true. . . . Anne Tyler has a talent for spinning out characters . . . who go on living long after their stories end.” –The Baltimore Sun “Her characters endear themselves to the reader with their candor and their wit and their simple decency. . . . The charm of an Anne Tyler novel lies in the clarity of her prose and the wisdom of her observations.” –The Washington Post Book World “RESEMBLES JANE AUSTEN’S PERSUASION IN THAT IT’S A NOVEL ABOUT SECOND CHANCES . . . The tension that keeps the narrative alive is our desire for Rebecca to get the recognition and respect that we know she deserves from her family, and from herself. It’s always good to have a character to root for.” –San Jose Mercury News “Maybe there’s something glorious to be said, after all, for companionship, common cause, and sanctuary. And what there is to say, Anne Tyler has been saying for decades, with gravity and grace.” –The New York Times Book Review

Baker & Taylor
Beck Davitch looks back on her thirty-year marriage to Joe and her role as a mother and manager of the Open Arms, wondering if she is living the life she was meant to live and reconsidering her dedication to the family business.

Publisher: Toronto : Viking, 2001
ISBN: 9780345446862
0345446860
Branch Call Number: FICTION TYLER
FICTION TYLER
Characteristics: 273 p

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Jan 28, 2017

A reflective read for women who question their identity and role as a wife and a mother, and wonder what might have been had they chosen differently.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 22, 2014

Rebecca Davitch, a 53 year old grandmother, can no longer be content just being the heart and soul of her extended family. She sets out to recover her girlhood self and in so doing presents the reader with one gently humourous episode after another. Specially recommended for--but not restricted to--the over 50 mothers amongst us.

skylars Mar 15, 2014

Not as good as other books written by her. Does ring true, though, about not being satisfied with your life, and thinking by going back to what might have been, might have been better. Not!

raineyfamily Jul 15, 2012

This is a wonderful story. Even though there is an age difference between me and the main character I could relate to her thoughts and feelings.

BugLady1 Jul 11, 2012

Good story about a lady who wonders what it would have been like if she chose to go down a different fork in the road at some time in her past. Great characters and a nice believeable and entertaining story.

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SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered the had turned into the wrong person."

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