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A Spool of Blue Thread: A novel - Community Reviews back

by Anne Tyler
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hearth/myth: Rursday Reads
hearth/myth: Rursday Reads rated it 5 years ago
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 5 years ago
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 5 years ago
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...
Mike Finn
Mike Finn rated it 6 years ago
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 6 years ago
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...
Roving Book Club
Roving Book Club rated it 6 years ago
Read by Julieanne - Subtly written but draws you into the story of a family getting through every day life. Abruptly changed track to the parents of the mother and then parents of the father, which was a bit jarring. Like Maeve Binchy with substance. Anne Tyler's last novel and not her best (author ...
YA Fanatic
YA Fanatic rated it 6 years ago
This is definitely not more normal type of read but I decided to go ahead and listen to the audio book of a Spool of Blue Thread because its been so popular these last months. I really did enjoy it. Especially since it takes place not far from where I grew up. This book is about the Whitshanks an...
Reader! Reader!
Reader! Reader! rated it 6 years ago
Anne Tyler's latest novel is on the Man Booker Prize longlist--announced about a week ago. I actually requested this book from the library about 6 months ago. It has a bit of a queue, being that it is also nominated for the Women's Prize. This is the first Tyler I have read. And it is excellent. A...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it 7 years ago
Anne Tyler has the uncanny ability of inviting the reader into her parlor and asking them to stay awhile. Her stories unfold so naturally and comfortably that the reader is almost a participant, a character in the tale, albeit an observing non-speaking one. She captures real life and its inner sanct...
Reflections
Reflections rated it 7 years ago
A Spool of Blue Thread doesn’t have a traditional plot arc or straight through storyline, but after twenty novels Anne Tyler knows exactly what she’s doing and I was completely hooked. Set in Baltimore the novel follows four generations of the Whitshank family, originally from an impoverished county...
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