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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication date April 26, 2016
Pages 371
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780553394399
ISBN-10 0553394398
Dimensions 1 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | 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

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“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

“An act of literary enchantment . . . [Anne] Tyler remains among the best chroniclers of family life this country has ever produced.”—The Washington Post

“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

“By my count I’ve now reviewed around fifty books for USA Today. I’ve never given any of them four stars until today: to A Spool of Blue Thread, the masterful twentieth novel by Anne Tyler.”—USA Today

“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

“Well-crafted, utterly absorbing and compelling . . . probably the best novel you will read all year.”—Chicago Tribune

“A miracle of sorts . . . tender, touching and funny . . . [an] understated masterpiece.”—Associated Press

“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

“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

“Vintage Anne Tyler . . . [The Whitshanks are] rendered with such immediacy and texture that they might be our next-door neighbors.”—Los Angeles Times

“The magic of Tyler’s novels [is that] 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

“Prose so polished it practically glows on the page.”—Houston Chronicle



Editions
This edition contains multiple works--typically stories or entire novels--that are found in different collections. Below find each work in this edition grouped by how you can find each.
Editions for the work A Spool of Blue Thread
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780701189518 Book cover for 9781101874271
 
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (February 10, 2015)
9781101874271 | details & prices | 357 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.50 lbs | List price $25.95
About: Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize “It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon.
from Gardners Books (February 10, 2015)
9780701189518 | details & prices | 368 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $31.60
This edition also contains A Spool of Blue Thread
About: **Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015** **Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015** **Sunday Times bestseller** `It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780373160129 Book cover for 9780376029645 Book cover for 9780553394399 Book cover for 9780701189525 Book cover for 9780804194723 Book cover for 9780812999280
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Ballantine Books (April 26, 2016)
9780553394399 | details & prices | 371 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $16.00
This edition also contains A Spool of Blue Thread
About: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | 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.
from Gardners Books (August 27, 2015)
9781784701093 | details & prices | 480 pages | List price $10.15
This edition also contains A Spool of Blue Thread
Int edition from Random House (August 4, 2015)
9780812999280 | details & prices | 387 pages | 4.25 × 6.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.44 lbs | List price $8.99
This edition also contains A Spool of Blue Thread
Large print edition from Random House Large Print (February 10, 2015)
9780804194723 | details & prices | 549 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.18 lbs | List price $26.00
About: Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize “It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon.
from Gardners Books (February 10, 2015)
9780701189525 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $21.40
This edition also contains A Spool of Blue Thread
About: Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize “It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon.
With Linda J. Selden | from Sunset Pub Co (December 1, 1988); titled "Wok Cook Book"
9780376029645 | details & prices | 8.25 × 10.75 × 0.25 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $9.99
This edition also contains A Spool of Blue Thread, Wok Cook Book
About: Enjoy the ease -- and versatility -- of cooking in a wok: step-by-step directions and color photos simplify techniques for stir-frying, deep-frying, and steaming.
With Elda Minger | from Harlequin Books (June 1, 1983); titled "Untamed Heart"
9780373160129 | details & prices | List price $2.25
This edition also contains A Spool of Blue Thread, Untamed Heart
Editions for the work A Spool of Blue Thread
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780701189518
 
from Gardners Books (February 10, 2015)
9780701189518 | details & prices | 368 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $31.60
This edition also contains A Spool of Blue Thread
About: **Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015** **Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015** **Sunday Times bestseller** `It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780373160129 Book cover for 9780376029645 Book cover for 9780553394399 Book cover for 9780701189525 Book cover for 9780812999280
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Ballantine Books (April 26, 2016)
9780553394399 | details & prices | 371 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $16.00
This edition also contains A Spool of Blue Thread
About: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | 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.
from Gardners Books (August 27, 2015)
9781784701093 | details & prices | 480 pages | List price $10.15
This edition also contains A Spool of Blue Thread
Int edition from Random House (August 4, 2015)
9780812999280 | details & prices | 387 pages | 4.25 × 6.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.44 lbs | List price $8.99
This edition also contains A Spool of Blue Thread
from Gardners Books (February 10, 2015)
9780701189525 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $21.40
This edition also contains A Spool of Blue Thread
About: Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize “It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon.
With Linda J. Selden | from Sunset Pub Co (December 1, 1988); titled "Wok Cook Book"
9780376029645 | details & prices | 8.25 × 10.75 × 0.25 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $9.99
This edition also contains A Spool of Blue Thread, Wok Cook Book
About: Enjoy the ease -- and versatility -- of cooking in a wok: step-by-step directions and color photos simplify techniques for stir-frying, deep-frying, and steaming.
With Elda Minger | from Harlequin Books (June 1, 1983); titled "Untamed Heart"
9780373160129 | details & prices | List price $2.25
This edition also contains A Spool of Blue Thread, Untamed Heart
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780553551037
 
Unabridged edition from Random House (February 10, 2015)
9780553551037 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $45.00

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