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5 Reasons Critics Love Anne Tyler’s “A Spool of Blue Thread”

Posted on February 26, 2015 by

Earlier this month Anne Tyler released her 20th book, A Spool of Blue Thread. Now it’s climbing the bestseller lists and getting lots of warm reviews.

81M34qlAoTL._SL1500_The book, which may be her last, is the story of a Baltimore family that unwinds as it move backwards through several generations. And the family feels familiar:

“There was nothing remarkable about the Whitshanks,” she writes,  “But like most families, they imagined they were special.”

So why all the excitement about A Spool of Blue Thread, and should you read it?

Here are five things to consider before making up your mind:

 

1. Anne Tyler is the real deal.

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Review in The Washington Post

 

2. Blue Thread may be her 20th book, but it’s as good as any.

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Review in BookPage

 

3. Tyler weaves a compelling, complex story out of the mundane.

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Review in O, The Oprah Magazine

 

4. The New York Times didn’t like Blue Thread — but they seem to be the only ones.

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Review in The New York Times

 

5. This is a cozy book for the end of a long winter.

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Review in The Huffington Post

Have you read A Spool of Blue Thread? Do you plan to? Tell us why in the comments below.

 

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Mary Ellen Bellusci is a longtime resident of Baltimore, Maryland... A foodie, traveler, writer, and pursuer of happiness.

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