It rained off and on for two days. I loved it. I am never as serene than when I’m cozy inside while Mother Nature waters my gardens outside.
The rain was my music. The thunder was the occasional crescendo.
It is so quiet now. Charlie is in his usual place on the left side of me. He likes to be squeezed in between me and the arm of the couch. Sitting here I can turn my head and gaze outside at my patio garden, enjoying the fruits of my labor.
I picked up the various eye drops for my cataract surgery on the 15th. I was lucky as all the drops came to a total of $25. I’d heard how expensive these drops are and was kind of holding my breath as I waited at the pharmacy for them.
I’ve never really been terribly apprehensive about having surgery. But I’m particularly uneasy when it comes to my eyes. I have worn glasses since I was around 13. Many of my friends wore contacts. But the thought of putting something in my eye made me shudder.
I finished reading Karin Slaughter’s “The Kept Woman” and am now reading “Shadows Of The Dead.”
Anne Tyler’s “Clock Dance” came in the other day. Anne Tyler is one of my favorite authors, but I haven’t read anything written by her in some time.
Amazon blurb of Clock Dance:
Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother’s sudden disappearance.
In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn’t sure she ever will be.
Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she’s never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane.
This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory–surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places.
A bewitching novel of hope and transformation, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers.
I’ve always thought Anne Tyler’s writing of women’s fiction was top notch. My very favorite novel she wrote was “Breathing Lessons,” which won the Pulitzer prize for best fiction in 1989.
If you can locate it somewhere, buy it. It is a wonderful novel and filled with every emotion, including much laughter. I saw on Amazon that many gave it a bad review. But I thought it was wonderful. Here is a synopsis…
Unfolding over the course of a single emotionally fraught day, this stunning novel encompasses a lifetime of dreams, regrets and reckonings. Maggie and Ira Moran are on a road trip from Baltimore, Maryland to Deer Lick, Pennsylvania to attend the funeral of a friend.
Along the way, they reflect on the state of their marriage, its trials and its triumphs—through their quarrels, their routines, and their ability to tolerate each other’s faults with patience and affection. Where Maggie is quirky, lovable and mischievous, Ira is practical, methodical and mired in reason.
What begins as a day trip becomes a revelatory and unexpected journey, as Ira and Maggie rediscover the strength of their bond and the joy of having somebody with whom to share the ride, bumps and all.
Regarded by many as Tyler’s seminal work, Breathing Lessons celebrates the small miracles and magic of truly knowing someone, and evokes Jane Austen, Emma Straub, and other masters of the literary marriage.
I no longer have a copy, but I’m going to try to get it. I’ve read it several times but not in some years.
Are you an Anne Tyler fan? Who is your favorite author?