Anne Tyler has a special skill - the ability to weave words to magically create characters whose breath you can all but feel off the page. This book, the third of hers I've read, is no exception.
I admit I had a little difficulty understanding Delia at the start, but really got under her skin when she left her family to carve a new life for herself. Her world seemed to suddenly be filled with colour, the small town full of life. I still didn't feel Delia was being necessarily true to herself however... I think maybe that is the woman we see in the opening sequence in the supermarket, full of excitement at the subterfuge she becomes embroiled in.
Now to the tricky part - the ending. Much as I admire Tyler, I can't help feeling she wimped out here. I just didn't find it particularly credible, hence the three star review. Interesting to note this was written more than 25 years ago - the Tyler of her later novels has much more confidence.