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A Spool of Blue Thread - A novel

Anne Tyler

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize "It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . ." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red's father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red's grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor. Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of Anne Tyler's work, A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. It is a novel to cherish.

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize "It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . ." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red's father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red's grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor. Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of Anne Tyler's work, A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. It is a novel to cherish.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize "It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . ." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red's father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red's grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor. Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of Anne Tyler's work, A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. It is a novel to cherish.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kimberly Farr

Length:

13h 19m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

01:30:49


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

45:27


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

01:22:19


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

50:41


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

01:14:30


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

47:30


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

52:25


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

55:41


Part 2
Part 2

01:31:20


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

41:32


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

38:54


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

50:39


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

38:23


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

38:43


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

00:29