A Spool of Blue Thread is a beautiful story about the Whitshanks, a strong, loving family who's ready to do and to sacrifice anything for each other. Abby, the wife, always talks about the day when she met Red, the husband, with excitement and describes it in bright, happy colors. The Whitshanks are one of those families that always find a way to see the good in the world and in people, and, at first, it seems like they've got a perfect life and never had to go through tough times.
However, Red, Abby, and their 4 kids do have their fair skeletons in the closet, and their memories are full of disappointments, hate, anger, jealousy and big secrets that they hide from the outside world. The story covers 4 generations of the family, from Red's mom and dad to their own grandchildren.
Their family house has always been the anchor, one of those things that help them to keep it all together and to never forget who they really are and what the most important thing in life is. Anne Tyler created a touching, uplifting novel, and describes the characters in such an amazing manner that you feel like you've known them for your entire life and are standing right next to them.
The book combines comedy and drama and even spices things up with a little bit of mystery. It's well-crafted, full of heart and hope, a warm, inspirational novel, and the critics are already calling it the best novel of the year! Anne Tyler has always been one of America's finest writers, but, with this book, she managed to outdo herself. It's safe to say that A Spool of Blue Thread is a one-of-a-kind experience, a book that will make you laugh and cry at the same time.