A spool of blue thread / Anne Tyler.
Publication year: 2016
Format: Large print
Publisher: Leicester : Charnwood, 2016.
ISBN: 9781444827132 (hbk.) :
Standard print edition originally published: London: Vintage, 2015.
'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. 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.
464 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Not a great novel. Disjointed, centred around a family that is not real. The characters are stereotyped with no depth. Lots of 'dull' bits about woodwork -research obviously 'levered' in. A lot of nonsense about a swing and blue paint, Winnie Mae and Junior's life would have made a better novel.
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