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A Spool of Blue Thread

A novel by

2015 Booker Prize (shortlist)
2015 Women's Prize For Fiction (nominee)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Clock Dance comes the story of four generations unfolding in and around the lovingly worn house that has always been the Whitshank family's anchor. • MAN BOOKER PRIZE NOMINEE

“Absorbing and deeply satisfying.��� —
Entertainment Weekly

"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.

From Red’s parents, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to the grandchildren carrying the Whitshank legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, 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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"What a wonderful, natural writer she is . . . She knows all the secrets of the human heart." - Monica Ali

"Anne Tyler is one of my favourite writers and this is a delicious book. It is like being with a dear old friend. It is very special." - Rachel Joyce

"Anne Tyler's novels are invitations to spend time in the houses of the Baltimore neighborhood that she has built--house by house, block by block, word by word--over her long and bright career." - Francine Prose

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