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Back When We Were Grownups - Anne Tyler
Back When We Were Grownups
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"Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered that she had turned into the wrong person." So Anne Tyler opens this irresistible new novel.The woman is Rebecca Davitch, a fifty-three-year-old grandmother. Is she an impostor in her own life? she asks herself. Is it indeed her own life? Or is... show more
"Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered that she had turned into the wrong person." So Anne Tyler opens this irresistible new novel.The woman is Rebecca Davitch, a fifty-three-year-old grandmother. Is she an impostor in her own life? she asks herself. Is it indeed her own life? Or is it someone else’s?On the surface, Beck, as she is known to the Davitch clan, is outgoing, joyous, a natural celebrator. Giving parties is, after all, her vocation—something she slipped into even before finishing college, when Joe Davitch spotted her at an engagement party in his family’s crumbling nineteenth-century Baltimore row house, where giving parties was the family business. What caught his fancy was that she seemed to be having such a wonderful time. Soon this large-spirited older man, a divorcé with three little girls, swept her into his orbit, and before she knew it she was embracing his extended family plus a child of their own, and hosting endless parties in the ornate, high-ceilinged rooms of The Open Arms. Now, some thirty years later, after presiding over a disastrous family picnic, Rebecca is caught un-awares by the question of who she really is. How she answers it—how she tries to recover her girlhood self, that dignified grownup she had once been—is the story told in this beguiling, funny, and deeply moving novel.As always with Anne Tyler’s novels, once we enter her world it is hard to leave. But in Back When We Were Grownups she so sharpens our perceptions and awakens so many untapped feelings that we come away not only refreshed and delighted, but also infinitely wiser.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780345477248 (0345477243)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Tolle Lege!.
Tolle Lege!. rated it
5.0 Back When We Were Grownups (Audio)
I very rarely ever re-listen to a fiction book. My only exception so far have been this book and another Anne Tyler book, "The Accidental Tourist".Really good fiction makes one see beyond the plot and allows one to feel the meaning of a universal truth. Everyone needs to understand fiction for thems...
shannonland
shannonland rated it
I didn't connect well with the main character in this book. It could be that I read in my early twenties and so many things just didn't translate. I would maybe have a different view about it now that I'm older, I've been married for years and now have a child. Not sure. It was just OK for me althou...
Mellkoh
Mellkoh rated it
4.0 Back When We Were Grownups
I am over 40 and female. I believe this has a lot to do with the reasons why I liked this book so much. A lot of reviewers felt this book somehow missed the mark, not living up to its potential. That to me though, is the essence of the book.There comes a point in our lives when we wonder what wou...
Carolyn Cannot Live Without Books!
Carolyn Cannot Live Without Books! rated it
4.0
Wonderful book. Rebecca (Beck by family who don't care that she doesn't like that name) marries an older man that already has 3 kids when she's 20. 6 years later he dies in a car accident and she has to raise the 3 girls plus the one they had, take care of his mother and great uncle and take over ...
sarah
sarah rated it
2.0 Anne Tyler: Back When We Were Grownups
Just didn't do it for me. I wanted to like Rebecca, I was really pulling for her, but she just never got interesting enough for me. The other characters ranged from interesting but underdeveloped (Zeb, her step-grandson Peter) to annoying (Patch, Barry, NoNo, Rebecca's mother, Aunt Ida, Min Foo, Bid...
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