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A Spool of Blue Thread: A novel - Anne Tyler
A Spool of Blue Thread: A novel
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“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . .” This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are... show more
“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . .” This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves 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 father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red’s grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of Anne Tyler’s work, A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. It is a novel to cherish.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781101874271 (1101874279)
ASIN: 1101874279
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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hearth/myth: Rursday Reads
hearth/myth: Rursday Reads rated it
3.5 A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler
Anne Tyler is a master at making family relationships come alive, in all their messy glory, and A Spool of Blue Thread is no exception. Set in Baltimore, as most of her novels are, this book tells the story of the Whitshanks -- a family who came up from nothing, yet ended up owning a house as quirky...
Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it
4.0 A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler
Well written story of a family who have to deal with their parents getting older. I didn't like the characters. None of them were sympathetic. The best character was Nora, the daughter-in-law. She's calm and steady as chaos abounds. All were trying to pretend nothing was wrong as their mother was be...
Blah, Blah, Blah, Book Blog
Blah, Blah, Blah, Book Blog rated it
3.5 A Spool of Blue Thread
I am guessing, based on some of the reviews I’ve seen of this novel online, that you are either a fan of Anne Tyler or you’re not, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot in between. I would count myself a fan, though apparently this is the first new title of hers I’ve read since joining Goodreads / Bo...
Audio Book Junkie
Audio Book Junkie rated it
3.0 "A Spool Of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler -the thread was too thin and spooled too slowly
This is the first time I've ever put an Anne Tyler book aside unfinished. I'm five hours into a thirteen hour book and I've lost the will to continue. As you would expect with an Anne Tyler book, "A Spool Of Blue Thread" is very well written. The language is precise but accessible, the dialogue is...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
3.0 Review: A Spool of Blue Thread
A Spool of Blue Thread starts slowly, but once the story becomes clear and the characters become people, it takes off. Tyler expertly crafts a family that is both believable and interesting. The dynamics are wonderful, especially those involving Denny, Stem, and Abby. I wanted to stay with these cha...
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