SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PEOPLE AND USA TODAY NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post NPR Chicago Tribune St. Louis Post-Dispatch The Telegraph BookPage An act of literary enchantment . . . [Anne] Tyler remains among the best chroniclers of family life this country has ever produced.-- The Washington Post It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . . . This is how Abby Whitshank always describes the day she fell in love with Red in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate an indefinable kind of specialness, but like all families, their stories 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 Reds parents, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to the grandchildren carrying the Whitshank legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn house that has always been their anchor. Praise for A Spool of Blue Thread Quintessential Anne Tyler, as well as quintessential American comedy . . . [She] has a knack for turning sitcom situations into something far deeper and more moving. -- The New York Times Book Review Well-crafted, utterly absorbing and compelling . . . probably the best novel you will read all year. -- Chicago Tribune By the end of this deeply beguiling novel, we come to know a reality entirely different from the one at the start. -- O: The Oprah Magazine A miracle of sorts . . . tender, touching and funny . . . [an] understated masterpiece. --Associated Press Vintage Anne Tyler . . . [The Whitshanks are] rendered with such immediacy and texture that they might be our next-door neighbors. -- Los Angeles Times Magic . . . You imagine these characters carrying on, muddling through, enduring the necessary sorrows and quiet joys of their lives somewhere beyond the page. --The Seattle Times The sort of novel thats hard to disentangle yourself from. Warm, charming and emotionally radiant, it surely must be counted as among Tylers best. -- The Miami Herald Exploring [the] dichotomy--the imperfections that reside within a polished exterior--is Tylers specialty, and her latest generation-spanning work accomplishes just that, masterfully and monumentally. -- Elle Among her finest . . . Theres no novelist today who writes more insightfully (and often humorously) than Tyler does about the fictions and frictions of family life. -- The Baltimore Sun Deeply moving . . . Tylers innate sense of warmth and good humor permeates the novel. -- The Dallas Morning News The story of any family is told through the prism of time. And no storyteller compares to Tyler when it comes to unspooling those tales. -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Michael and Pauline seemed like the perfect couple - young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment Pauline walked into his mother's grocery store in Baltimore, Michael was smitten. And in the fervour of World War II, they were hastily wed. But their marriage should never have taken place.
A novel that talks about belonging and otherness, about insiders and outsiders, pride and prejudice, young love and unexpected old love, families and the impossibility of ever getting it right, about striving for connection and goodness against all the odds.