A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread

By Anne Tyler

  • Release Date: 2015-02-10
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
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From 742 Ratings

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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Reviews

  • Boring

    1
    By Rachelcb
    Tough read. Took me weeks to finish and I can read a book in day.
  • Can't decide if I liked this book.

    3
    By Books27
    Good or bad? I'm not sure. The author is obviously a talented writer - the story is easy to read and interesting storytelling techniques are used. But, I'm not sure how interesting the story actually was. It is a story of a family struggling with daily life, aging parents, rebellious children, "keeping up with the Jones", and purpose in life. The author starts out in current day, but then in the second and third parts jumps back in time to the main character's parents telling their story. In part four, time shifts back to current day and focuses on the grown child who has been the greatest enigma in the family. The ending reads more like a beginning. I guess I kept waiting for the old and new stories to tie together and go somewhere. The book is done and I'm still waiting... Unless you really like slice of life family stories, then this is not a book I would recommend.
  • A Spool of Blue Thread

    4
    By Perky too
    I was sorry and surprised to read so many bad reviews of this book. I found it anything but boring. Tyler's characters are always very homespun, folksy, people next door types. The Whitshanks are no exception. They are all multi-layered people and it's up to the reader to figure them out. I loved the book. I have read all of Tyler's books and although this was not my favorite, I enjoyed watching this family with all their personality quirks, develop and grow....the ups and downs of every day life that we all go through.
  • Spool of blue thread

    1
    By AIS dude
    Bought the book because of the authors name and liked the cover. The book never went anywhere. Characters were dull, couldn't find a plot, finally just stopped reading it.
  • Not worth the time

    2
    By Lori read
    Nice read with no point very disappointing
  • Spool Of Thread

    1
    By Nancy3030
    First book that I have not finished in many years. This book was a waste of my time and money.
  • Boring

    1
    By Skoshi22
    Most boring book I've ever read. So upset I wasted time and money on it
  • Pointless

    2
    By AgentLadyFL
    Characters were not interesting and story was boring. It was very hard to finish this book. I put it down after a few hours and only came back and finished it weeks later when I had nothing else to read.
  • Really

    2
    By 4488662
    The first book I couldn't finish in the past 20 years. I felt like Denny, any excuse to get away. Really boring and characterless characters
  • Terrible!

    1
    By rvrsoccer1
    An absolute waste of time and money. Really sorry that I downloaded this book.
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