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A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015.

A beautiful, long tale of three generations of the Whitshank family and the house they have built and live in. Nothing really happens until the final tragedy and yet it is so full of life, so all embracing, warm and truthful about the highs and lows of relationships it seems as if every page is full of incident. It is a book that defines families and what it means to belong to one. Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

Chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club selection Autumn 2015.

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

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

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The Good Book Guide logo 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.
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Synopsis

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

This book is the Sunday Times Bestseller. It was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Fiction Prize. 'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon...' This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love 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.


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Reviews

'Exquisite' The Times

'Tyler writes with an apparent effortlessness which conceals great art. The Whitshank family is tragic, comic, absurd, absorbing -- and lives on its illusions, as every family must. You'll shiver with recognition' -- Helen Dunmore Stylist

'I love Tyler's writing... She writes so beautifully and with such insight. Read her books and she can actually change your view, change how you see the world' -- Judy Finnigan Mail on Sunday

About the Author

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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Publication date

1st September 2015

Author

Anne Tyler

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099598480

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