A Spool of Blue Thread

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Chatto & Windus, 2015 - Aging - 357 pages
'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoona' 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 also see played out our own hopes and fears, rivalries and tensions - the essential nature of family life. OVER A MILLION ANNE TYLER BOOKS SOLD

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User Review  - bobbieharv - LibraryThing

I had read that this novel was more in line with her earliest work (which I had loved), but I found it a bit disappointing. I never really got into the characters, and there were too many of them. A slightly tedious read. Read full review

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User Review  - Beth.Clarke - LibraryThing

It took a while for me to get into this Anne Tyler novel. It started off slowly, and it never really escalated, nor went to a real low point. It was just steady, good, okay. I enjoyed the little parts that were funny, but it wasn't my favorite Anne Tyler novel. Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons and many other bestselling novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Saint Maybe, Ladder of Years, A Patchwork Planet, Back When We Were Grownups, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America and The Beginner's Goodbye.

In 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English' and in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, which recognises a lifetime's achievement in books. In 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and shortlisted for both the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize. Her latest novel, Vinegar Girl, is a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew.

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