Anne Tyler: The Clock Winder

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With her fourth published novel, The Clock Winder (1972), contemporary U.S. novelist Anne Tyler took great steps forward in establishing the themes and motifs with which she would become most closely associated. These include offbeat protagonists who reject mainstream life paths and can be counted on to take unexpected action; random meetings and rapid interactions among strangers that end up bearing lifelong impact; the symbolic and literal implementation of time as catalyst for life changes; and the significance of home as both physical domicile and emotional touchstone. Also, this work firmly cemented Roland Park, Maryland, USA, a suburb of Baltimore, as the signature setting for Tyler’s stories.

In The Clock …

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Donohue, Cecilia. "The Clock Winder". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2011
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