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Blake's Therapy by Ariel Dorfman
Bleach 8 by Tite Kubo
The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Death's Acre by Bill Bass and John Jefferson
Click, Clack, Splish, Splash by Doreen Cronin
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Opposites by Eric Carle
Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
A Little Twist of Texas by Linda Raven Moore
Mad About Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
Olivia... And the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer
Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer
On the First Night of Chanukah by Cecily Kaiser
Pat of Silver Bush by L. M. Montgomery
Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire by Rafe Esquith
Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain
Tommy's Tale by Alan Cumming
Velocity by Dean Koontz
Women of the Ukiyo-e by Ming-Ju Sun

FSF Reviews:
Balancing Accounts James L. Cambias
Bread and Circus by Steven Popkes
It's a Wonderful Life by Michaela Roessen
Mars: A Traveler's Guide by Ruth Nestvold
Memoirs of the Witch Queen by Ron Goulart
Mystery Hill by Wendy Walker
Petri Parousia by Matthew Hughes
Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel
The Quest for Creeping Charlie by James Powell
Retrospect by Ann Miller

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Comments for Ladder of Years

Ladder of YearsLadder of Years: 01/07/08

I read Ladder of Years after having so enjoyed Morgan's Passing. The premise seemed similar except this time with a female protagonist. While I enjoyed the first hundred pages, the last three hundred left me wishing I was rereading Morgan's Passing instead.

The Morgan in this novel is 40 year old Delia Grinstead who decides one day while on vacation to steal $500 from her family and walk away. The promised adventure from the back of the book ends up being a rather dull account of her 18 months living on her own in a small town where she works as a secretary and lives in a boarding house.

Of course, to be completely heartwarming and schmaltzy as possible, Delia ultimately goes home to her family and brings along her "family" from the small town where she has been living only to enrich the lives of everyone she knows.

The problem is, Delia never explains her actions. Tyler doesn't give enough insight into Delia's motivations to build that all important empathy. Without that connection, Delia comes off as shallow, unlikable, and boring.

Read the review at My Own Little Reading Room.

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