A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread

by Anne Tyler

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/09/2015

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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 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…

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2015
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S FICTION PRIZE
A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK

'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

ISBN:
9780099598480
9780099598480
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-09-2015
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Random House
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
197x126x29mm
Weight:
0.34kg
Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler is the author of twenty bestselling novels. Her most recent, A Spool of Blue Thread, was a Sunday Times bestseller and shortlisted for both the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize. She has won the Pulitzer Prize and the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, which recognises a lifetime's achievement in books, as well as being nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'.

Vinegar Girl sees Anne Tyler going behind the scenes of one of Shakespeare's most controversial yet enduring (Kiss Me Kate, 10 Things I Hate About You) plays: 'You know how sometimes a friend will tell you something that happened to her, and you think wait, there must be more to it than that, I'm sure there's another side to this. Well, that's how I've always felt about The Taming of the Shrew.'

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