Finalist for the Man Booker Prize Fiction Prize' 2015Shortlisted For The Baileys Women It was a beautiful afternoon, windy, yellow and green... "This is the way that whitshank Abby always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love this day of summer in 1959." The entire family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the story and they have heard so many times before.
This porch we spool through the generations, witnesses to events, secrets and unattended moments that have come to define the family. Red father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in 1920, to grandchildren Abby and Red carrying the family inherited noisily in the twenty-first century - four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfold in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house which has always been their home...
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Amazon Editorial Reviews for : A Spool of Blue Thread
An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February 2015: It’s pretty clear that Anne Tyler is comfortable with the art of storytelling. From the first lines of A Spool of Blue Thread, there’s an urge to sit back and settle into the cadence of her words. Or, rather, Abby Whitshank’s words as she recounts the story of how she fell in love with Red Whitshank in 1959. But don’t get too comfortable. Anne Tyler understands that, despite their best intentions, family members don’t often let each other settle back for very long—and the Whitshanks, a Baltimore clan whose history is told through several generations in this sensitive and empathetic novel, is no different than most. As Abby and Red age, their children are drawn back to their sprawling house. When the second part of the novel moves back in time, the shift is jarring at first; but after a fifty year writing career (this is her 20th novel), Tyler has the end in sight. This is a book about the stories we tell each other and the little moments that make up our lives. – Chris Schluep
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