Ladder of Years - Anne Tyler

Ladder of Years

By Anne Tyler

  • Release Date: 1995-04-11
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 78 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Breathing Lessons


The headlines are all the same: Beloved mother and wife Delia Grinstead was last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing only a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To the best of her family's knowledge, she has disappeared without a trace. But Delia didn't disappear. She ran.

Exhausted with her routine and everyone else's plans for her, Delia needed an out, a chance to make a new life for herself and to become a different person. The new Delia can let go of all the hurt and resentment that left her stuck in her past. As she eagerly sheds the pieces of herself she no longer needs, Delia discovers feelings of passion and wonder she'd long since forgotten. The thrill of walking away from it all leads to a newfound sense of self and the feeling that she is, finally, the star of her own life story.


  • Ladder of Years

    By markita1
    A moving and profound story that will appeal to anyone who's ever toyed with the notion of self-reinvention for whatever reason. Delia reluctantly begins her life anew with nothing more than a dress,a lamp, and a book. The simplicity is nothing short of amazing. This, like all Ms. Tyler's books is quietly powerful.