Friday, January 11, 2008

Back When We Were Grownups by

Anne Tyler

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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....

Now... 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.

Finally getting around to noting this one.

I actually read it one sitting on a plane on Christmas day - it helped make being crammed into a window seat with little room a more enjoyable time. An almost science fiction story, with the protaganist pondering wondering if she could "re-do" her life decisions, and what kind of life she'd have. Very good -recommend!