Back When We Were Grownups
“A WONDERFUL NOVEL . . . Tyler’s eye and ear for familial give and take is unerring, her humanity irresistible. You’ll want to turn back to the first chapter the moment you finish the last.”–People (Page-Turner of the Week)“STUNNING . . . ‘Once upon a time,’ the story begins, ‘there was a woman... show more
“A WONDERFUL NOVEL . . . Tyler’s eye and ear for familial give and take is unerring, her humanity irresistible. You’ll want to turn back to the first chapter the moment you finish the last.”–People (Page-Turner of the Week)“STUNNING . . . ‘Once upon a time,’ the story begins, ‘there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person.’ . . . With Rebecca Davitch, Tyler has created a character who is brave enough to look back on her life and to imagine herself making different kinds of choices. Brave enough to wonder what honesty looks like, whether there is ever really a single distillation of self that is unshakable and true. . . . Anne Tyler has a talent for spinning out characters . . . who go on living long after their stories end.”–The Baltimore Sun“Her characters endear themselves to the reader with their candor and their wit and their simple decency. . . . The charm of an Anne Tyler novel lies in the clarity of her prose and the wisdom of her observations.”–The Washington Post Book World“RESEMBLES JANE AUSTEN’S PERSUASION IN THAT IT’S A NOVEL ABOUT SECOND CHANCES . . . The tension that keeps the narrative alive is our desire for Rebecca to get the recognition and respect that we know she deserves from her family, and from herself. It’s always good to have a character to root for.”–San Jose Mercury News“Maybe there’s something glorious to be said, after all, for companionship, common cause, and sanctuary. And what there is to say, Anne Tyler has been saying for decades, with gravity and grace.”–The New York Times Book Review
Publish date: April 9th 2002
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...