The Clock Winder

The Clock Winder

Book - 1996
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"Anne Tyler is a magical writer." -- Los Angeles Times

Mrs. Emerson, widowed with seven adult children, lives alone in crumbling Victorian mansion outside Baltimore with only a collection of antique clocks to keep her company. Elizabeth Abbott--twenty-three years old, aimless, bohemian, and beautiful--leads a vagabond lifestyle until she happens upon Mrs. Emerson's home and convinces the older woman to hire her as a handyman.

When three of the strange, idiosyncratic Emerson children return to their childhood home for a visit, they are irresistibly drawn to Elizabeth. With wondrous observations and bittersweet humor, Tyler shows how this unsuspecting young woman becomes the North star that helps a stumbling, dysfunctional family find its footing.
Publisher: New York : Fawcett Columbine, 1996
ISBN: 9780449911792
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 21 cm


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Dec 05, 2011

Anne Tyler writes believeable women characters, I appreciate and enjoy her work very much.

hermlou Oct 06, 2011

Anne Tyler is one of my favourite authors because she describes people as they really are. Mrs. Emerson is a widow living alone in a large house who fired her handyman. As Mrs. Emerson struggles to carry furniture from the porch to the garage, a young woman named Elizabeth comes along to help and is soon hired. She eventually meets the seven adult Emerson children and observes their eccentricities. I won't give away any more of the plot, but the family's story is told with humor and understanding.


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