A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 10, 2015 - Fiction - 368 pages

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“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . . . ” This is how Abby Whitshank always describes the day she fell in love with Red in July 1959.

The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate an indefinable kind of specialness, but like all families, their stories reveal only part of the picture: Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets.

From Red’s parents, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to the grandchildren carrying the Whitshank legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn house that has always been their anchor.

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“A Spool of Blue Thread” (2015) by Anne Tyler is a novel as much about a house as it is about a family. Four generations of the Whitshank family live in this large Baltimore house, built by Junior ... Read full review

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No surprises here with Tyler's usual skill in creating real characters -- just like people you really know (or live with) and the messiness of families who deep-down really love each other. Featured ... Read full review

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Contents

What a World What a World Chapter 9
A Bucket of Blue Paint Chapter 10
A Spool of Blue Thread Chapter 14
A Note About the Author
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ANNE TYLER was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her twentieth novel; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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