Saturday, 29 February 2020

a review of a spool of blue thread by Anne Tyler

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BOOK DESCRIPTION
“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . . . ” This is how Abby Whitshank always describes the day she fell in love with Red in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate an indefinable kind of specialness, but like all families, their stories 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 parents, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to the grandchildren carrying the Whitshank legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn house that has always been their anchor.

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Release date 


FEBRUARY 10, 2015



MY REVIEW

I found it a bit confusing at first, and there was a lot of shifting around in time periods and character studies. Although I did like the character development and back stories. The thing I liked least was the ending. I felt it just got chopped off, like there was no real future. With a story like this, I would want some hope for the characters, and it seemed like the author just got lazy and just put everybody back into the situations they started out in at the beginning of the book. Denny left and went back to his life away from his family, and they all just went their separate ways. It was kind of depressing. I'd hoped that somehow the blue thread would be like the "tie that binds", but it was just a separate afterthought.

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