SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PEOPLE AND USA TODAY NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post - NPR - Chicago Tribune - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - The Telegraph - BookPage "An act of literary enchantment . . . [Anne] Tyler remains among the best chroniclers of family life this country has ever produced."-The Washington Post "It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . . . " This is how Abby Whitshank always describes the day she fell in love with Red in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate an indefinable kind of specialness, but like all families, their stories reveal only part of the picture: Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red's parents, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to the grandchildren carrying the Whitshank legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn house that has always been their anchor. Praise for A Spool of Blue Thread "Quintessential Anne Tyler, as well as quintessential American comedy . . . [She] has a knack for turning sitcom situations into something far deeper and more moving."-The New York Times Book Review "Well-crafted, utterly absorbing and compelling . . . probably the best novel you will read all year."-Chicago Tribune "By the end of this deeply beguiling novel, we come to know a reality entirely different from the one at the start."-O: The Oprah Magazine "A miracle of sorts . . . tender, touching and funny . . . [an] understated masterpiece."-Associated Press "Vintage Anne Tyler . . . [The Whitshanks are] rendered with such immediacy and texture that they might be our next-door neighbors."-Los Angeles Times "Magic . . . You imagine these characters carrying on, muddling through, enduring the necessary sorrows and quiet joys of their lives somewhere beyond the page."-The Seattle Times "The sort of novel that's hard to disentangle yourself from. Warm, charming and emotionally radiant, it surely must be counted as among Tyler's best."-The Miami Herald "Exploring [the] dichotomy-the imperfections that reside within a polished exterior-is Tyler's specialty, and her latest generation-spanning work accomplishes just that, masterfully and monumentally."-Elle "Among her finest . . . There's no novelist today who writes more insightfully (and often humorously) than Tyler does about the fictions and frictions of family life."-The Baltimore Sun "Deeply moving . . . Tyler's innate sense of warmth and good humor permeates the novel."-The Dallas Morning News "The story of any family is told through the prism of time. And no storyteller compares to Tyler when it comes to unspooling those tales."-St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Graceful and capacious . . . Quintessential Anne Tyler, as well as quintessential American comedy. Tyler has a knack for turning sitcom situations into something far deeper and more moving. Her great gift is playing against the American dream, the dark side of which is the falsehood at its heart: that given hard work and good intentions, any family can attain the Norman Rockwell ideal of happiness . . . She's a comic novelist, and a wise one." -New York Times Book Review "Anne Tyler's novels are invitations to spend time in the houses of the Baltimore neighborhood that she has built-house by house, block by block, word by word-over her long and bright career." -Francine Prose, The New York Review of Books "Tyler has proved again and again that a chronicle of middle-class family life in Baltimore can illuminate the human condition as acutely as any novel of ideas, albeit with a more modest demeanor . . . The Whitshanks [are] rendered with such immediacy and texture that they might be our next-door neighbors." -Los Angeles Times "Happily, A Spool of Blue Thread is a throwback to the meaty family dramas with which Tyler won her popularity in the 1980s . . . As in the best of her novels, she here extends her warmest affection to the erring, the inconstant, and the mismatched-the people who are 'like anybody else,' in Red's words." -Wall Street Journal "An act of literary enchantment . . . How can it be so wonderful? . . . Tyler remains among the best chroniclers of family life this country has ever produced . . . Some of the most lovely and loving writing Tyler has ever done." -Washington Post "It's been a long time since I read a book I wished would not end, purposely slowing my progress to save a bit for later. A Spool of Blue Thread was that kind of book . . . The Whitshanks are us, in a way, and this makes them endlessly interesting to watch, as well as very touching." -Newsday "Well-built, homey and unpretentious . . . Readers of any age should have no trouble relating . . . We can only hope that Tyler will continue spooling out her colorful Baltimore tales for a long time to come." -NPR.org "Among her finest . . . There's no novelist living today who writes more insightfully (and often humorously) than Tyler does about the fictions and frictions of family life." -Baltimore Sun "A Spool of Blue Thread deserves to stand among Tyler's best writing." -Christian Science Monitor "Tyler is easily the closest we have to an American Chekhov . . . [Her] books will outlive us all . . . Tyler has rarely been given credit as subversive, because her style is so simple, direct, and sincere. But the stories she tells often detonate their own structure, and resonate long after many more superficially dazzling novels have faded . . . No one has been doing it longer, and by now no one does it better." -Buffalo News "In warm, lucid prose, Tyler skips back and forth through the twentieth century to depict the Whitshanks." -The New Yorker "Fifty years, and Tyler's still got it . . . [She] is a master at creating clans; at crafting groups of diverse characters who nonetheless belong together, who seem vulnerable and honest and real . . . I couldn't put A Spool of Blue Thread down." -Seattle Times "The extraordinary thing about all her writing is the extent to which she makes one believe every word, deed, and breath. A Spool of Blue Thread is no exception. [It keeps] one as absorbed as if it were one's own family she were describing, and as if what happened to them were necessary reading . . . What she has that neither Marilynne Robinson nor Alice Munro possess to the same degree is an irrepressible sense of the comedy beneath even the most melancholy surface . . . Such a joy." -The Guardian "Deeply moving . . . A Spool of Blue Thread is a miracle of sorts, a tender, touching and funny story about three generations of an ordinary American family who are, of course, anything but . . . Tyler's accomplishment in
Anne Tyler wurde 1941 in Minneapolis geboren, wuchs in North Carolina auf und studierte Russisch in New York. Mit ihren zahlreichen Romanen gilt sie als eine der renommiertesten amerikanischen Schriftstellerinnen. Anne Tyler lebt in Baltimore. Im Jahr 2012 wurde sie mit dem Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence ausgezeichnet.