On January 14th, 10 members met at the home of Barbara Judy to discuss Anne Tyler’s Ladder of Years. Several in the group had read some of the author’s other novels. One of her more well known books is The Accidental Tourist. Ms Tyler’s novel Breathless won the pulitzer prize for fiction. Ladder of Years is a story about a woman who finds her own self-identity and battles with familial relationships. As a spontaneous act of deep sadness and anger, she walks out on her family during a beach vacation. Over a period of more than a year she deals with finding a place to live, entering the workforce, establishing new relationships and considering what is most important in her life. As she deals with these issues, she comes to terms with herself.