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A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread (Paperback)

By Tyler, Anne

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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. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved... read full description below.

ISBN 9780099598480
Barcode 9780099598480
Published 1 September 2015 by Vintage
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780099598480
ISBN-10 0099598485
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Publication Date 1 September 2015
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Tyler, Anne
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 480
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 330g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 565484

Description of this Book

'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 see played out the hopes and fears, the rivalries and tensions of families everywhere - the essential nature of family life. She's changed my perception on life. (Anna Chancellor). One of my favourite authors. (Liane Moriarty). She spins gold. (Elizabeth Buchan). Anne Tyler has no peer. (Anita Shreve). My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length novelist in the world. (Nick Hornby). A masterly author. (Sebastian Faulks). Tyler is not merely good, she is wickedly good. (John Updike). I love Anne Tyler. (Anita Brookner). Her fiction has strength of vision, originality, freshness, unconquerable humour. (Eudora Welty).

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 (UK) -- Short-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015 (UK) -- Long-listed for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2017 (UK)
NZ Review A stunning novel about family life which just rings so true - it depicts the bonds and the tensions, the love and the exasperation beautifully Bookseller A quiet sense of emotional tragedy, sharp observational humour and writing so economically precise you long to read every sentence twice Huffington Post One of the most accomplished writers working today... A must-read Good Housekeeping
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her bestselling novels include Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years, Back When We Were Grownups, A Patchwork Planet, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread, Vinegar Girl and Clock Dance. In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'; in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence; and in 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize.

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