In A Spool of Blue Thread, the Whitshanks are your average family Father, mother, two daughters and two sons. Much like the family's life, a large portion of the story circles around the relationship between the mother, Abby, and one of her sons, Denny. Denny is a mess right from the very beginning and takes all of Abby's time and energy, even though he disappears for long stretches of time. A large portion of the book is Abby's thoughts and feelings, which I loved reading. Tyler has such a comfortable style of writing and narration. The descriptions in the book are so vivid, I felt like I could watch the scenes happening as I was reading about them. Tyler is able to make an otherwise seemingly "normal" family and make their story interesting and intriguing. A Spool of Blue Thread is a very well rounded novel and I look forward to see what Anne Tyler comes up with next.
The changing needs of aging parents impact a family gathering during which Abby Whitshank relates how her husband and she fell in love during the summer of 1959 and shares decades of marriage impacted by children and long-held secrets.