Back Whn We Were Grownups Author:An e Tyler 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 Rebewcca Davitch, a fifty-three-year-old grandmother. Is she an imposter in her own life? she asks herself. Is it indeed her own life? Or is it someone else's? — On the surface, Beck, as ... more »she is known, is outgoing, joyous, a natrual celebrator. Giing parties is her vocation - something she slipped into even before finishing colldge, when Joe Davitch spotted her at an engagement party in his family's crumbling nineteenth-century Bltimore row house, where giing 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 divorce' with three little girls, swept her into his orbit, and before she knew it she was embracing his extended familyplus a child of their own.
Now, some thirty years later Rebecca is caught unawares by the question of who she really is. How she answer it-how she tries to recover her girlhood self, that dignified grownup she had once been - is the story told in this beguiling, searching, 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 sarpens our perceptions and awakens so many untapped feelings that we come away not onlyrefreshed and delighted, but also infinitely wiser.« less