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Publisher's Summary

"Baltimore woman disappears during family vacation" declares the headline. Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with $500 tucked inside. To her husband and three almost-grown children, she has vanished without trace or reason. But for Delia, who feels like a tiny gnat buzzing around her family's edges, "walking away from it all" is not a premeditated act, but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life.
©1995 Anne Tyler (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Perhaps no one writing fiction today can so clearly evoke middle-age angst as Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Tyler.... Poignant, warm, and quirky." ( Library Journal)
"A fine story of mid-life changes and newfound realizations." ( Midwest Book Review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Robyn Ringler, East Line Literary Arts on 06-10-17

My Favorite Book

Loved reading, and now listening to, this phenomenal book by the unsurpassed Anne Tyler. Outstanding!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mary E. Mcgibbon on 09-03-16

Another interesting, dysfunctional, family

Anne tyler's characters are always so believable to me. Most families have them. Anne's are just on steroids. This story started a little slowly, but soon had me anxious to find out what happens next. The ending had me in suspense until the last minute.

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