A spool of blue thread: a novel

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Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize

"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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display_description "From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning author--now in the fiftieth year of her remarkable career--a brilliantly observed, joyful and wrenching, funny and true new novel that reveals, as only she can, the very nature of a family's life. "It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon." This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The whole family--their two daughters and two sons, their grandchildren, even their faithful old dog--is on the porch, listening contentedly as Abby tells the tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different too: Abby and Red are growing older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them, and the fate of the house so lovingly built by Red's father. Brimming with the luminous insight, humor, and compassion that are Anne Tyler's hallmarks, this capacious novel takes us across three generations of the Whitshanks, their shared stories and long-held secrets, all the unguarded and richly lived moments that combine to define who and what they are as a family"--
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Baltimore (Md.) -- Fiction, Families -- Fiction, Grandparent and child -- Fiction, Grandparents -- Fiction, Large type books, Married people -- Fiction, Older people -- Fiction, Psychological fiction, American, Reminiscing -- Fiction, Reminiscing in old age -- Fiction, Storytelling -- Fiction
title_display A spool of blue thread : a novel
title_full A Spool of Blue Thread A Novel, A spool of blue thread : a novel / Anne Tyler, A spool of blue thread [sound recording] : a novel / Anne Tyler, A spool of blue thread [text (large print)] : a novel / Anne Tyler
title_short A spool of blue thread :
title_sub a novel
topic_facet Audiobooks, Families, Fiction, Grandparent and child, Grandparents, Large type books, Literature, Married people, Older people, Psychological fiction, American, Reminiscing, Reminiscing in old age, Storytelling