Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as share books that you want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them. These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it!
I’ve been looking a lot at my TBR this week trying to see if there are any books on there that I just don’t want to read, the answer was no, when I came across this book that has been waiting on there for quite awhile..well, since May 2015.
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Published February 10, 2015 by Bond Street Books
A freshly observed, joyful and wrenching, funny and true new novel from Anne Tyler
“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, humour, 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.
I’ve never read a book by Anne Tyler, but I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with her several times over the years. She’s a native of the Raleigh area and graduated from Duke University, and she has often come “home” to tour the local universities to talk to the students. I always say that I’m going to read her novels after hearing her talk and speaking with her, but I still haven’t.
This Pulitzer winning novel is the one on my TBR because I like stories that reveal the unfolding of families…how they became a family, the nuances of each individual family members, and how all these things come together to make the entire story fall into place.
Anne Tyler is most definitely brilliant but has anyone read her books? This book? If so, did you enjoy it/this book? I would love to hear your thoughts as I’m slowly weeding through my TBR to see if there are books I want to keep or maybe not keep and make room for even more….