“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 special. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby, 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, new arrivals 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—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. Download and start listening now!