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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.


Review in The Washington Post


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


Review in BookPage


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


Review in O, The Oprah Magazine


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


Review in The New York Times


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


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.