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A Spool of Blue Thread

 
 
Author
Anne Tyler.
Publisher Ballantine  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780553394399
Pages/Publication Date 371/2016
Daedalus Item Code 69135
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(Finalist for the 2015 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, in this 20th novel from the Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Critics Circle Award–winning author of Breathing Lessons and The Accidental Tourist. 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 21st 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.

"Quintessential Anne Tyler, as well as quintessential American comedy. Tyler has a knack for turning sitcom situations into something far deeper and more moving. Her great gift is playing against the American dream, the dark side of which is the falsehood at its heart: that given hard work and good intentions, any family can attain the Norman Rockwell ideal of happiness.... She's a comic novelist, and a wise one."—NYTBR

"Tyler has proved again and again that a chronicle of middle-class family life in Baltimore can illuminate the human condition as acutely as any novel of ideas, albeit with a more modest demeanor.... The Whitshanks [are] rendered with such immediacy and texture that they might be our next-door neighbors."—LATimes

 
 
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