The choice for this months book club, opens with the sentence, “Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person.” How great is that for a brilliant opening?
Back when we were grownups, was a book that lots of people recommended to me when I was in my reading slump, last month. I’m only into the first chapter but I can see why this is a favorite of so many. The imagery is brilliant, as is the premise, but then, I do love Anne Tyler’s writing, so that may be a factor.
The book is about central character, Rebecca Davitch, a 53-year-old who finds herself living a life she didn’t think she would be living. She’s a mother, grandmother, widow and runs a catering business run from her home called Open Arms.
It seems her life was following a predictable path until she fell in love with a man called Joe who came along with three daughters and swept her off her feet. Six years later, Joe dies and leaves her with huge responsibilities including a business and a family.
At the start of the book, Rebecca is at an engagement party, a family picnic, that is strained and awkward and she suddenly realises that she’s not the person who she meant to be. She starts to question every area of her life and the book follows her self discovery of who she really is.
The book was made into a film in 2004 and earned an Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations. I only got it the other day, and I’m already loving it. I don’t want to say too much more about it, as I’ll leave that for the review.