A Spool of Blue Thread (Hardback)

Anne Tyler

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'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon...' This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that day in July 1959.

The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different.

Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. They've all come, even Denny, who can usually be relied on only to please himself.

From that porch we spool back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are.

And while all families like to believe they are special, round that kitchen table over all those years we also see played out our own hopes and fears, rivalries and tensions - the essential nature of family life. "She's changed my perception on life."

Anne Tyler's A Spool of Blue Thread has been shortlisted for the 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.


Product Details

  • Product code: AMINE
  • ISBN: 9780701189518
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 24.4cm x 16.3cm
  • Pages: 368
  • Publish date: Tue Feb 10 00:00:00 GMT 2015
  • Book points: 18

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