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On a beach holiday,forty-year-old Cordelia Grinstead, dressed only in swimsuit and beachrobe, walks away from her family and just keeps on walking...Show synopsisOn a beach holiday,forty-year-old Cordelia Grinstead, dressed only in swimsuit and beachrobe, walks away from her family and just keeps on walking...Hide synopsis
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Description:Fine in VG+ jacket. 0679441557 0679441557 Clean and bright....Fine in VG+ jacket. 0679441557 0679441557 Clean and bright. Former owner's named stamped on front and rear endpapers. From Publishers Weekly At 40, Delia Grinstead seems more likely to have an attack of anxiety, or of whimsy, than to become a runaway wife. Yet, in Tyler's 13th beguiling novel, Delia's impulse to escape her disapproving physician husband and three surly children turns into an adventure that sweeps her from her staid Baltimore orbit into a new existence as Ms. Grinstead, spinster, in the Delaware community of Bay Borough. It's the unexamined life that's Delia's problem, and when she finally strips away layers of hurt, resentment, guilt and anger, she confronts her inner self and begins to deal with the chronic insecurity that has kept her childlike, flighty and dependent. Gradually, she becomes part of her new community, and has the courage to take a job caring for Noah Miller, an appealing 12-year-old whose mother has also run away from home and family. Over the course of a year, Delia discards her timorous personality and gains an understanding of the person she wants to be. One of the satisfactions of this novel is Tyler's evocation of typical family life. While in the past some of her characters have been too eccentric or fey, Delia and her family and friends all have both feet planted in the real world, even if their heads and hearts are sometimes elsewhere. Some readers may have difficulty accepting Delia's ability to absent herself from her children, but Tyler engages our sympathy and growing respect for a character who finally realizes that "the ladder of years" is a time trip to the future. BOMC main selection; major ad/promo; Random House Audio Book. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal Perhaps no one writing fiction today can so clearly evoke middle-age angst as Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Tyler. As in 12 earlier Tyler novels, this work peers intimately into a seemingly ordinary family life. The family here is the Grinsteads, more particularly restless 40-year-old wife and mom Celia Grinstead. Feeling unappreciated and unnoticed by her husband, a family doctor who took over Celia's father's practice, and increasingly unnecessary in the lives of her nearly grown children, Celia wanders off during a family beach vacation and starts a new life in a small town. She's sad and uncertain about her break with her previous life but oddly determined. Poignant, warm, and quirky, this novel will be on a lot of spring reading lists. -? Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., Va. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. From AudioFile Delia Grinstead has decided to start again. Her kids are almost grown, and her husband is happily entrenched in his business. So Delia walks away, unsure of where she'll end up. Poignant, light and engaging, Tyler's remarkable book is about a woman's circular quest for herself. C.J. Critt's expert narration is astounding. Her aloof style heightens the story's drama, giving listeners empathy for Delia's detachment. Critt's vocal characterizations are very convincing; pacing and diction are top quality. Her narration is subtle, yet firm, always giving Tyler's plot and characters the limelight while she herself remains the skillful medium. J.S.G. An AUDIOFILE Earphones Award winner. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From Booklist Delia Grinstead, the baby of the family, has lived all her 40 years in the same rambling Baltimore house. She doted on her father, a doctor, then married his serious assistant when she was only 17. A petite, freckled, self-effacing woman, Delia was the perfect mother and wife until her kids reached young adulthood, her husband started to seem like an old man, and she realized that she had become nearly invisible. So she leaves. She simply walks away and ends up in a small town where she creates a quiet new life for herself and discovers just exactly who...
Cordelia Grinstead is a wife and mother to three children. Her husband Sam, a doctor, recently suffered a heart attack, (though Delia, as she is commonly known, refers to it as chest pains). At or about the same time her father died after Delia had cared for him for some time in her own home.
How many wives and mothers want to just "walk away" from their overwhelming and unfulfilling lives like Delia Grinstead did, but don't?. What Anne Tyler depicted in Delia was a woman confused about her own identitiy and desperately needing to "find" herself. I couldn't wait to find out what adventures ...
Although I'm far from the heroine's age ,I found myself sympathizing with some of her issues ,and definitely seeing things from a new perspective. The book is very believable and realistic ,which is a huge plus in my view - all the magic that inside is entirely possible and every-day type of magic.. ...
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