Clock Dance - Anne Tyler

Clock Dance

By Anne Tyler

  • Release Date: 2018-07-10
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 485 Ratings


NATIONAL BEST SELLER • TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR USA TODAY • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: O Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Times (London)

A charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory--surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places. A bewitching novel of hope and transformation, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers.


  • No surpries

    By marjorie8888
    I have read quite a number of Tyler’s books. This was “pleasant”. Nothing more or less. Very predictable, although she is proficient in catching the essence of her characters very quickly.
  • Clock Dance

    By Perky too
    I hate it when reviewers say “I couldn’t put it down “ so I am not going to say that, but I will say I looked forward to having a reason to sit down and pick this book up again. I am surprised at the readers who disliked Clock Dance. Anne Tyler always has a good story to tell and this one will be one of my favorites. Wonderful characters and setting. And the ending was just right. If you are an Anne Tyler fan you will like this story. I enjoyed it from the first page to the last. I feel like I have left all those interesting people and want to know how their lives turn out. Great read👏
  • Another great book by Anne Tyler

    By Diane Offutt
    There may be many characters in this book, but each plays a very important part in the plot. Thank you for another great read Ms. Tyler.
  • Thin development and cheap ending.

    By Dr. T2012
    While the character developed slowly and with interest, it still left her feeling dry and shallow. There was a marked absence of richness of character. The title is a stretch to what the author was trying to relate it to. And the ending was cheap and abrupt.
  • Clockdance

    By esucher
    So so boring.
  • Disappointing

    By inthemoment
    While the author clearly has talent and the book started out strong it went south in the middle and the end. I found it boring.
  • Clock Dance

    By Book jacket
    I loved this book. I didn't read the reviews beforehand nor what the book was about and maybe that's why this book kept surprising me. The characters are great. I want to meet Cheryl she's so funny. I can identify with Willa because I'm her age with a similar childhood and similar situation with my sister. Overall a very well written story about courage to live life on your terms.
  • Clock Dance

    By Sullytricycle
    I enjoyed this novel better than A Spool of Blue Thread. I was interested in all of the different characters’ lives and authenticity. The story line was a bit scattered and I found myself wanting to know more about several characters. I was always happy to pick this book up and read more
  • The Clock Dance

    By Fencleo
    As your emerged into the characters world of an Anne Tyler novel you start to slow down, wishing for more pages.
  • Clock Dance

    By I❤️AT
    Wonderful Ann Tyler work. She never disappoints. I can really relate to her characters. I feel as if I have grown up with Ann. I call her books “A day in the life of...”