A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel

A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel Author Anne Tyler
ISBN-10 0553394398
ISBN-13 9780553394399
Year 2016-04-26
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Ballantine Books
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PEOPLE ANDUSA TODAY NAMEDONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post NPR Chicago Tribune St Louis Post Dispatch The Telegraph BookPage Look for special features inside Join the Random House Readers Circle for author chats and more It was a beautiful breezy yellow and green afternoon This is how Abby Whitshank always describes the day she fell in love with Red in July 1959 The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate an indefinable kind of specialness but like all families their stories 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 Reds parents newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s to the grandchildren carrying the Whitshank legacy boisterously into the twenty first century here are four generations of lives unfolding in and around the sprawling lovingly worn house that has always been their anchor Praise for A Spool of Blue ThreadAn act of literary enchantment Anne Tyler remains among the best chroniclers of family life this country has ever produced The Washington PostQuintessential Anne Tyler as well as quintessential American comedy She has a knack for turning sitcom situations into something far deeper and more moving The New York Times Book ReviewBy my count Ive now reviewed around fifty books for USA Today Ive never given any of them four stars until today to A Spool of Blue Thread the masterful twentieth novel by Anne Tyler USA TodayBy the end of this deeply beguiling novel we come to know a reality entirely different from the one at the start O The Oprah MagazineWell crafted utterly absorbing and compelling probably the best novel you will read all year Chicago TribuneA miracle of sorts tender touching and funny an understated masterpiece Associated PressExploring the dichotomythe imperfections that reside within a polished exterioris Tylers specialty and her latest generation spanning work accomplishes just that masterfully and monumentally ElleThe story of any family is told through the prism of time And no storyteller compares to Tyler when it comes to unspooling those tales St Louis Post DispatchVintage Anne Tyler The Whitshanks are rendered with such immediacy and texture that they might be our next door neighbors Los Angeles Times The magic of Tylers novels is that youimagine these characters carrying on muddling through enduring the necessary sorrows and quiet joys of their lives somewhere beyond the page The Seattle Times The sort of novel thats hard to disentangle yourself from Warm charming and emotionally radiant it surely must be counted as among Tylers best The Miami HeraldProse so polished it practically glows on the page Houston Chronicle

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