August Bookclub: A Spool of Blue Thread

Saturday 1 August 2015 by

It’s that time of year again – the Man Booker Prize is upon us again. The Booker Dozen has been announced: 13 titles on the longlist and already they are being praised for their brilliance. So, why not add one to the monthly bookclub…

A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler, Chatto & Windus, Book, #HoBBookclub, Man Booker Prize

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Published by Chatto & Windus

‘It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon…’

This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before.

And yet this gathering is different. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. They’ve all come, even Denny, who can usually be relied on only to please himself.

From that porch we spool back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are. And while all families like to believe they are special, round that kitchen table over all those years we also see played out our own hopes and fears, rivalries and tensions – the essential nature of family life.


House of Blog’s August Bookclub

If you want to get involved

  1. Pick up a copy of A Spool of Blue Thread


  1. Get reading
  2. Tell us what you think!

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At the end of the month, we’ll round up the comments and thoughts in to one big review post, so remember to leave your name (and Twitter or Google+ if you have one). This is a purely online Bookclub – no meet-ups required! You can be anywhere in the world and still join the Bookclub, as long as you have the book. Just join in the chat online and get reading and cooking!

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