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A Spool of Blue Thread

by Anne Tyler

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

A Spool of Blue Thread Synopsis

One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections.

'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon...' This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red met that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. They've all come, even Denny, who can usually be relied on only to please himself. From that porch we spool back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are. And while all families like to believe they are special, round that kitchen table over all those years we see played out the hopes and fears, the rivalries and tensions of families everywhere - the essential nature of family life.

 

Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015.

The Good Book Guide Review

Anne Tyler is the consummate chronicler of ‘ordinary’ life, taking the unremarkable histories of her unexceptional characters and showing, through seemingly insignificant details or moments of greater consequence, the traits and foibles that make us what we are, the events that shape us, and the fates that are common to all of us In her latest novel she gives us the Whitshank family: parents Abby and Red are no longer young, and failing health means their independence is threatened; their children are busy adults with families of their own, but they are nearby and involved – all except the somewhat wayward Denny, who comes and goes, sometimes close to his family, sometimes distant from them, unsure of his path in life. Through reminiscences, backward glances, acute observation of the minutiae of everyday life and its small concerns, Anne Tyler paints a large-scale portrait on a small-scale canvas and does it beautifully.

A Spool of Blue Thread Press Reviews

'A stunning novel about family life which just rings so true - it depicts the bonds and the tensions, the love and the exasperation beautifully' Bookseller

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ISBN: 9780099598480
Publication date: 03/09/2015
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ISBN: 9780701189518
Publication date: 10/02/2015
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780701189518
Publication date: 10th February 2015
Author: Anne Tyler
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis in 1941 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. This is Anne Tyler’s sixteenth novel; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore. In 2012 Anne Tyler was the winner of the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

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