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A Spool of Blue Thread

by Anne Tyler - £7.99  Vintage (2015)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780099598480 | ISBN 10: 0099598485

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2015
 
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
 
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Fiction Prize
 
‘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.

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