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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,849 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Tyler Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered that she had turned into the wrong person.” So Anne Tyler opens this irresistible new novel.

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. Giving parties is, after all, her vocation—something she slipped into even before finishing college, when Joe Davitch spotted her at an engagement party in his family’s crumbling nineteenth-century Baltimore row house, where giving parties was the family business. What caught his fancy was that she seemed to be having such a wonderful time. Soon this large-spirited older man, a divorcé with three little girls, swept her into his orbit, and before she knew it she was embracing his extended family plus a child of their own, and hosting endless parties in the ornate, high-ceilinged rooms of The Open Arms.

Now, some thirty years later, after presiding over a disastrous family picnic, Rebecca is caught unawares 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.

As always with Anne Tyler's novels, once we enter her world it is hard to leave. But in Back When We Were Grownups she so sharpens our perceptions and awakens so many untapped feelings that we come away not only refreshed and delighted, but also infinitely wiser.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by brittany | 2/11/2014

    " It was much darker than I expected ans somewhat depressing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aimee Phillips | 2/8/2014

    " Whenever I read Anne Tyler, I know I'm not alone in the world. Her characters are people who could live next door to me or anyone - or could be me. Such wonderfully expressed emotions. The oxymoron that no one really knows who you are, except that maybe everyone really does know you. The elusive search for who you are and are you living the life you want. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by bibliohead | 1/29/2014

    " Enjoyable, quirky characters. Not a lot of plot action, but then again this Anne Tyler. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laurie | 1/29/2014

    " Beautifully written book, but like most Anne Tlyer books, it is character-driven and not particularly action-packed. I wasn't thrilled with the ending, but I didn't hate it either. Worth reading. "

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