July 26, 2019

Looking Back - Ladder of Years

Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.

Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
1997 Ivy Books (first published in 1995)
Finished in December 1998
Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

Publisher's Blurb:

This entrancing and deeply searching novel will touch a nerve in every reader. Delia Grinstead, 40-year-old mother of three almost-grown children, on a sudden impulse, walks away from her marriage, hitches a ride into the unknown, and settles in a strange new town. But soon after she begins her impersonal, unencumbered new life, fresh responsibilities inevitably accumulate.

My Original Notes (1998):

My first exposure to Tyler. Wonderful story, yet quite different. I like her style of writing. Will read more!

My Current Thoughts:

I'm surprised I don't remember anything about this novel, especially since I enjoyed it so well that I immediately picked up another book by Tyler. I'm very tempted to give it a second reading.


  1. I love Anne Tyler. Her characters feel so real, yet they also feel like complete individuals.

    1. Deb, I've enjoyed some of Anne Tyler's novels, but not all of them. I'm feeling eager to give this one another read.

  2. Oh, how I love Anne Tyler! I've read everything she's written, most at least a couple of times. Now I want to read Ladder of Years again.
    Have you read Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg? It has a similar story line. Two of my all-time favorite authors.

    1. Laurel, I'm not as big of a fan of Tyler as you, but I have read a few of her books that I really enjoyed. Yes, I've read Pull of the Moon and almost everything EB has written. As a matter of fact, I just finished Night of Miracles and LOVED it. Now to read The Story of Arthur Truluv (I know - out of order!), which I think will be just as wonderful. I borrowed Night of Miracles from the library, but I think it's one I want to own for a future re-read.

  3. The story was so distasteful to me that I never wanted to read it. Leave the guy, not the kids!

    1. Nan, I remember you feeling this way about the book, or maybe it was about Pull of the Moon (E. Berg), which has the same premise.


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