back when we were grownups by anne tyler

Written by Darlyn At Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Summary :

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?

The discovery of this realizes that she has done nothing with her life since a party at colllege when a charming young man came up to her and said 'I can see your'e having a wonderful time' (when she wasn't). She later married that man, and now, many years later, nothing has happened since.Not that she isn't happy with her stepdaughters Patch, No-No, and Biddy. And her own family Min Foo. But when Rebecca decides to change her life and the way people look at her, she finds out what she never knew was really there all along.

My Thoughts:

"Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person."

I have this book quite some time and decided to read it after I read her biography on the web that she won a Pulitzer prize years ago. But mind you, this is not the book she won the prize. So, I just gave it a try.

There's not much conflict only that Rebecca have just realized how wrong she turned out to be. At first, I think the 'what if' she thought really boring. How she tried to remember what she have done in the past and what about she is going to do when she was 19. As far as I read, then I realized that how she figured things of what she have done, she's doing and will do is another exciting step of reading this book. There's a part which she sets out to find out who she really is by looking up the fiancee she gave up for the life she made. She thought she is a woman who fears she has lost her true self, but only to discover that she has been living the life she deserved all along. This is just wonderful because I thought it is actually better not to look too far back.

This is a wonderful book.
The story is very light read, and I finished it in one go. It was almost lyrical. It has it's funny moments, it's sad moments but at the end, I just like it as it is.

My Rating:


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  2. Sounds like a really good book. And since you seemed to really like it, I'll defiantly have to buy it. Great review!

  3. Great review :D

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  4. This sounds really good!! I'm glad to hear that it's light too, and not too intese. Great review!

  5. I haven't heard of this before :) but sound so good, I will be adding this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the Great review !! :)

  6. Thanks everyone. It's so nice to hear from you all.. =)

  7. This sounds like a pretty go read. I'm adding it to my "wish list". I've read The Painted House by John Grisham which I enjoyed.

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