Thursday, May 28, 2015

A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler Audio Edition

     A new novel by Anne Tyler is always a happily anticipated event for me.  Her stories ring true, warm my heart, and kindly yet accurately describe our shared humanity.  Such is the case with her 20th novel, A Spool Of Blue Thread.  Frosting on the cake is hearing this saga of four generations read by the accomplished Kimberly Farr.  She is a gifted actress with many Broadway appearances to her credit, and she brings her wealth of experiences to this narration.

The four generations mentioned are all members of the Baltimore Whitshank family headed by Red and Abby who have now reached the age when they need some looking after.  It does not take long for Tyler to introduce all of the family along with their foibles - Red tends to be critical, Abby offers smother love.  Denny, their 19-year-old son, is dubbed unreliable by his siblings.  One down to earth offspring offers ways to care for their aging parents.   Amanda and Stem who will inherit Whitshank construction have what might be called cameo appearances until an unexpected event has Tyler taking us back in time to explore and reveal oft told Whitshank stories.

As the years unfold laughter and happiness emerges as do disappointments and secrets that have been kept hidden.  While all of this might seem to be a script for any family in Tyler’s hands it is a richly rewarding story, fresh and remarkable.


- Gail Cooke

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