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A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread

'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. Everybody on the porch, everybody relaxed, so restful to be sitting here hearing their mother tell the same tal... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780701189525
Barcode 9780701189525
Published 2 February 2015 by Vintage
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Tyler, Anne
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ISBN-13 9780701189525
ISBN-10 0701189525
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Publication Date 2 February 2015
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Translated from English
Author(s) By Tyler, Anne
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 27mm
Weight 491g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 538290

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 fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. Everybody on the porch, everybody relaxed, so restful to be sitting here hearing their mother tell 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 the house so lovingly built, joint after hand-crafted joint, by their grandfather Junior. Everybody is here, children and grand-children, even Denny, who can usually be relied on only to please himself. All families have their own stories that, passed down over the years, come to define who and what they are. A Spool of Blue Thread tells the Whitshanks', over the course of three generations. And while all families like to believe they are different, the Whitshanks - one of Anne Tyler's finest creations - are so instantly real and recognisable they are alive and well in a family (very) near you.

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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 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
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 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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