40. Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
The first half of this book focuses on some key moments from Willa Drake’s life, her mother leaving her family when she was 11, her engagement, an experience on an airplane, and becoming a widow at a young age. The majority of the book focuses on the final key moment in her life when after a mix-up she spontaneously decides to jump on a plane and fly across the country to Baltimore to take care of the daughter of her son’s ex-girlfriend, who she doesn’t even really know, after the ex-girlfriend winds up in the hospital following a freak shooting accident. The characters in this book didn’t feel particularly real, but I enjoyed reading it nonetheless. I give it a 6 out of 10.