The Clock Winder by Anne Tyler

By Anne Tyler

Mrs. Pamela Evans lives a lonely new widowhood open air of Baltimore, with just a apartment choked with ticking clocks for corporation. Then she hires eccentric Elizabeth Abbott as a handyman and either detect that elements don't need to be an ideal fit to paintings.

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To me this was a source of pride. But shit, to Jenny, who'd grown up in poverty, what could be new and wonderful about not having money in the bank? 'And just to serve my arrogance, she had to make so many sacrifices. ' asked London, probably intuiting that Jenny never once complained. ' He looked at me. For half a second I was frightened I might . . cry. ' There was a pause. ' he asked. 'We were graduating. Jenny had this scholarship to France. When we decided to get married there was never any question.

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