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A Spool of Blue Thread (Paperback)
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Paperback 480 Pages / Published: 03/09/2015
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Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2015

Shortlisted For The Baileys Women's Fiction Prize

'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 summer's day in 1959. The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch we spool back through the generations, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define the family. 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 - four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their home...

"One of my favourite authors." (Liane Moriarty).

"She spins gold." (Elizabeth Buchan).

"Anne Tyler has no peer." (Anita Shreve).

"Anne Tyler is one of my favourite writers and this is a delicious book." (Rachel Joyce).

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099598480
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Tyler's twentieth novel finds fresh fictional riches in imaginative territory she has been exploring for half a century... Atmospherically rendered, the passage of time has both entertaining and heart-rending results. She has never written with more finesse, vitality and acuteness" * Sunday Times, book of the year *
"I love Tyler's writing... She writes so beautifully and with such insight. Read her books and she can actually change your view, change how you see the world" -- Judy Finnigan * Mail on Sunday *
"Exquisite" * The Times *
"Tyler's sentences are wholly hers, instantly recognisable and impossible to duplicate" -- Hanya Yanigihara * Observer, Books That Made Our Year 2015 *
"The extraordinary thing about her writing is the extent to which she makes one believe every word, deed and breath" -- Kate Kellaway * Guardian *
"Tyler writes with an apparent effortlessness which conceals great art. The Whitshank family is tragic, comic, absurd, absorbing -- and lives on its illusions, as every family must. You'll shiver with recognition" -- Helen Dunmore * Stylist *
"May be her best yet, though, to be honest, this is what I always tend to say after reading the latest Anne Tyler. I've now read it twice, and I may well read it again" -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday *
"Anne Tyler takes the ordinary, the small, and makes them sing" -- Rachel Joyce * Observer, Books That Made Our Year 2015 *
"The combination of direct appeal, subtle perception and unshowy artistry in Tyler's fiction has been admired by authors ranging from Joyce Carol Oates and Carol Shields to Jonathan Franzen and Sebastian Faulks... Her extraordinary gift for producing what seems less like fiction than actuality works wonders again... magnificent" -- Peter Kemp * Sunday Times *
"Every sentence is perfect in this witty story of family life" * Sun *

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“A familiar but unique family”

A Spool of Blue Thread is a novel about, on the face of it, very normal people to whom not very much happens. The Whitshanks are a family who are not brilliant, beautiful or rich - they are average and familiar. While... More

Paperback edition
30th September 2015
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“An involving glimpse at a Baltimore family”

Anne Tyler's latest explores familiar territory - family secrets 'unspooling' through the course of the novels - but it's execution is sharp, flawlessly paced and moving. An ideal pick for a book...

Paperback edition
3 similar books recommended
26th October 2015
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“A familiar family read”

Anne Tyler has created very relatable and familiar characters - not that we have seen or read about them before, but these are the characters that could appear in your own family, in your own life. Very rarely do you... More

Paperback edition
14th October 2015
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