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Back When We Were Grownups

Anne Tyler

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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 un-awares 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Blair Brown

Length:

8h 59m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:20


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:28


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:03


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:57


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:45


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:27


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:08


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:34


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:47


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:56


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:59


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:55


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:48


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:35


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:45


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:31


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:23


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:00


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:32


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:59


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:38


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:36


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:03


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:45


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:11


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:51


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:55


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:17


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:45


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:17


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:17


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:43


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:25


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:01