The Past Alive

  It used to be that the world had rested entirely on her father's shoulders. He was the steady one, the safe one—the person she could depend on when her mother was in a state. But even the thought of her mother, now, gave her a tugging feeling of loss, and she often found herself … Continue reading The Past Alive

Anne Tyler’s Clock Dance: “I’m Going to Ask?”

It's 1967, and two sixth-grade girls are selling candy so Baltimore's Herbert Malone Elementary School Orchestra can travel to regional competition in Harrisburg. Both girls have "sworn they would absolutely die if they didn't get to go . . . " * "Hold the whole carton up when they open the door," Sonya told Willa. … Continue reading Anne Tyler’s Clock Dance: “I’m Going to Ask?”

A Is for Anne Tyler: #atozchallenge

Anne Tyler has done it again. The last time I wrote about her, I was in a snit. She'd killed off my favorite character halfway through the novel I was reading, and I was not happy. I'm writing this time because she's made me laugh. The book is Vinegar Girl, a retelling of Shakespeare's The … Continue reading A Is for Anne Tyler: #atozchallenge

One Pebble in a Shoe Can Change the Universe

It happened again. An author killed off a character I love. I hate that. I hate the author. I continue to like the book, but the author I despise. This time it's Anne Tyler. I love her novels. The Accidental Tourist. Breathing Lessons. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. My favorites, if I have favorites, are Back … Continue reading One Pebble in a Shoe Can Change the Universe