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A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread (Audio CD / Audio)

By Tyler, Anne
Read by Farr, Kimberly

The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumul... read full description below.

ISBN 9780553551037
Published 10 February 2015 by Random House
Format Audio CD/Audio
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ISBN-13 9780553551037
ISBN-10 0553551035
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House US Audio
Publication Date 10 February 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Audio CD/Audio
Author(s) By Tyler, Anne
Read by Farr, Kimberly
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 11
Dimensions Width: 119mm
Height: 160mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 272g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Psychological fiction, Storytelling, Audiobooks, Grandparents, Families
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning author--now in the fiftieth year of her remarkable career--a brilliantly observed, joyful and wrenching, funny and true new novel that reveals, as only she can, the very nature of a family's life. It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The whole family--their two daughters and two sons, their grandchildren, even their faithful old dog--is on the porch, listening contentedly as Abby tells the tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different too: Abby and Red are growing older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them, and the fate of the house so lovingly built by Red's father. Brimming with the luminous insight, humor, and compassion that are Anne Tyler's hallmarks, this capacious novel takes us across three generations of the Whitshanks, their shared stories and long-held secrets, all the unguarded and richly lived moments that combine to define who and what they are as a family.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015
NZ Review . . .Tyler is as fleet and graceful as a skater, her prose as transparent as ice . . . We get swept up in the spin of conversations, the slipstream of consciousness, and the glide and dip of domestic life, then feel the sting of Tyler's quick and cutting insights into unjust assumptions about class, gender, age, and race . . . Tyler's long dedication to language and story [is] an artistic practice made perfect in this charming, funny, and shrewd novel of the paradoxes of self, family, and home. --Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred) Tyler show[s] once again that she's a gifted and engrossing storyteller. -- Publishers Weekly It is wonderful to pick up a novel from a bonafide literary superstar. A Spool of Blue Thread is Anne Tyler's twentieth novel and it shows in every flawless sentence . . . A stunning novel about family life which just rings so true--it depicts the bonds and the tensions, the love and the exasperation beautifully . . . A terrific novel. -- The Bookseller, UK (Book of the Month)

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Author's Bio

ANNE TYLER was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her twentieth novel; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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