A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler

It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what this novel is about but quite simply put, it’s about the Whitshank family.  It centres around Red and Abby Whitshank, their children, grandchildren and Red’s family before them.

It is an engaging and well written narration of everyday family life, warts and all.  There are few surprises.  We have all known a family a bit like the Whitshanks.  None of the characters are perfect but I came to like them partly because of their imperfections.

An enjoyable read that I took time to read and absorb rather than gobbling down in one sitting.

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