A Spool of Blue Thread

by Anne Tyler

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize “It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-greenafternoon.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 358 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.4 out of 5
  • Published February 10th 2015 by Knopf
  • Original Title: A Spool of Blue Thread
  • ISBN: 1101874279 (ISBN13: 9781101874271)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Man Booker Prize Nominee (2015)
  • Women's Prize for Fiction Nominee (2015)
  • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2015)

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.