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.
"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 thehouse 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"--