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A Spool of Blue Thread
A Spool of Blue Thread | Anne Tyler
From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning author--now in the fiftieth year of her remarkable career--a brilliantly observed, joyful and wrenching, funny and true new novel that reveals, as only she can, the very nature of a family's life. "It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon." This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The whole family--their two daughters and two sons, their grandchildren, even their faithful old dog--is on the porch, listening contentedly as Abby tells the tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different too: Abby and Red are growing older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them, and the fate of the house so lovingly built by Red's father. Brimming with the luminous insight, humor, and compassion that are Anne Tyler's hallmarks, this capacious novel takes us across three generations of the Whitshanks, their shared stories and long-held secrets, all the unguarded and richly lived moments that combine to define who and what they are as a family.
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Oh, just finished this ever so beautiful book.

There were a few funny lines in this book, as always in Tyler's writing, but as I listened to most of it on audio I didn't bother writing any down. I'm seeing the importance of noting down quotes from a book as its doubtful you will easily come across them again. It's just that stopping reading to do this spoils the flow.

Here is a quote from the near end of the book that I thought was amusing.

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Thousand-Lives
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I loved this character-driven story of the Whitshank family.

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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First of all, I know I'm a bit slow on the mark, but Woo Hoo for Pic Collage!
Secondly, I've just unearthed quite a collection of my mums books, books she had on her shelf when I was a kid. I will have to post some of the awesome, vintage, 50's & 60's covers one day!
And thirdly, as I unearth my Mothers books onto my own shelf, the tagged book speaks of children having to sort thru & throw away parents belongings after passing...lessons for me???

Leftcoastzen So cool to see these.If I found them at a thrift store, I‘d be picking out some. (edited) 3w
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Leftcoastzen Yes, I love them! I'm not sure if my mum read any of these, she's still with us, she's just not capable of remembering if she had read them or not. I hope I get the chance to read a few before my kids end up sending my book collection to the thrift store after I'm gone 😉 Fact of life huh? Confirmed for me again in the book I'm reading atm 3w
MrsMalaprop As you know I‘m a Tyler fan, but I‘ve yet to read this one. Now that I know what it‘s about I‘ll have to bump it up my #tbr. My dad had dementia & died a year ago & my mum is now diagnosed & in aged care. My sister & I cleared out their home & the thousands of books that lined the walls. I took some books, but so many went to the RSPCA & Save the Children. Hope others will get some pleasure from them. 1d
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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I started this yesterday on audiobook whilst doing some sorting and continuing it tonight laying in bed. I'm loving it, its focused on family and relationships and of course it's in Anne Tyler's beautiful style.

Thousand-Lives I have only read Clock Dance by Anne Tyler. Loved it and have been meaning to read more of her work. Will bump this one up on my list! Do you have any other recommendations of hers to try? 3w
Curiouser_and_curiouser Hi @Thousand-Lives ! I also read Patchwork Planet last year, my first Tyler, and I just loved it! I really love her style of writing, its like I'm home. I find it very relaxing and exciting all at the same time. I'm looking forward to reading a few others of hers this year also, The Accidental Tourist, An Amateur Marriage, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and Breathing Lessons, all of which I have copies of on my shelf, found at op shops. 3w
Thousand-Lives @Curiouser_and_curiouser It sounds like we have very similar taste! I also have those on my waiting to be read stacks. 😁 Haven‘t heard of Patchwork Planet, but will check it out. Thank you! 3w
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Curiouser_and_curiouser @Thousand-Lives I just happened upon it last year at an op shop. Im sure you'll enjoy her other books though, I'm sure looking forward to reading them! I will look out for your posts over the year :) 3w
TheHeartlandBookFairy This has been lingering on my TBR stack for too long, I need to get to it! Thanks for the review ☺️ 3w
Curiouser_and_curiouser Hi @TheHeartlandBookFairy , I hope you enjoy it! Have you read any other of Anne Tyler's novels? 3w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Curiouser_and_curiouser I think just one or maybe two but my goal this year is to catch up on books I missed from authors I enjoy and on series! 😁 3w
Thousand-Lives Your review motivated me to read this. Finished it last night and loved it! 2w
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Thousand-Lives oh wow! Thanks for letting me know, I'm so pleased to hear. I've only got a chapter to go (23 minutes on audio) About to go and finish it now! I've loved it too! 2w
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Thousand-Lives omg!! I fell asleep listening to my audiobook and it expired at midnight with only 20 minutes to go! Lol, silly me. I have to reserve it now and wait 2 weeks to hear the rest! 2w
Thousand-Lives @Curiouser_and_curiouser OMG noooo! This sounds like something that would happen to me 🤣 How disappointing! 2w
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Thousand-Lives I've just sourced the ebook and downloaded it, I'll read it now, phew! It just wouldn't have been the same if I'd have had to wait 2 weeks just to read the closing chapter, I really enjoyed the last part of the book throughout today and was so looking forward to the end. Can't wait to finish it. Thanks for being my sympathetic book buddy xx 2w
Thousand-Lives @Curiouser_and_curiouser Yay good! 👏👏 Hope you enjoy the end. 2w
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Leftcoastzen
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Happy Birthday, Anne Tyler!

Cathythoughts Must get back to Ann Tyler - I havnt read her sinse I joined Litsy 3mo
Leftcoastzen @Cathythoughts I haven‘t read all her books but of what I have read , I like these the best. 3mo
Leftcoastzen @Cathythoughts but I wonder, since I read them years ago, would I still feel the same about them? 3mo
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megnews
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11 books for $5.50!

#LibrarySale #BookHaul

Crazeedi I love your choices!!! 4mo
SilversReviews Great titles. 4mo
megnews @sblbooks any of these interest you for next month? I‘ll do one more post. If you don‘t see anything, throw some other choices out. I‘m looking forward to another month. I enjoy the discussions. 3mo
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Cortg
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These were my June books! 3 nonfiction, 2 fiction. I wasn‘t a fan of Parker Posey‘s book, but the rest I really enjoyed!

cathysaid The one about Flint looks good...
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Cortg @cathysaid I LOVED this one! It‘s our 2019 One Maryland One Book choice. I was a little hesitant about it thinking a book about water would be dry and boring, but it was fantastic! The book read memoir like but with lots of info about the Flint water crisis and how she came to be the whistleblower. I highly recommend it! 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A great month! 💖📖💖 7mo
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Cortg
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My first Anne Tyler book. I didn‘t LOVE reading it. I found the story and characters well developed and entertaining. The family dynamics reminded me a lot of my own family but I have to admit, it was a tough read as I watch my parents getting old and their health not what it used to be. Plus, my mom has attachments issues to their house and she‘s terrified of selling it though they know they really need to. I guess this one hit close to home.

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Cortg
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It was a hot one at the swim meet today! Now I‘m in my favorite summer reading spot with nothing else to do but read...and conquer a bit of housecleaning! Happy Saturday! P.S. I ❤️ hot summer weather so I‘m in my element.

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Cortg
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Longest week ever and it‘s only Thursday! Thankfully I FINALLY have some reading time 🥰

Bookwormjillk So many people have said that (and I agree.) What is it about this week? 7mo
Stacypatrice Yes it is!! 7mo
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Cortg
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Starting this book on vacay with my family (parents, siblings,nieces and nephews etc), I‘m finding a LOT of similarities 😂 I really love finding one of my mom‘s “big” vocab words in the text...conniption.

Hooked_on_books I think it‘s an underutilized word 7mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Love that word, and yes, as @Hooked_on_books said, very underutilized 😄 3w
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DGRachel
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One of my co-workers brought me this book today and said “I'm curious what you will make of this book. I got to the end and was like 'that's it?' so read it and let me know if you feel the same way.“

Umm...thanks? 😂

Samplergal Loved it. You have to like character studies to love Anne Tyler. She‘s a master at it. (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB I liked it a lot! 7mo
DGRachel @Samplergal That‘s part of the problem...they are very hit or miss types of books for me and I haven‘t been able to determine what makes a “good” one for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
Samplergal I know I love character studies and quirky people who are very flawed. I love Anne Tyler as a result. She makes Baltimore a quirky setting ( because it‘s very quirky) and her characters are mostly people you watch on any sidewalk. I feel like this is one of her better books. And know that may be the story. I HATE fantasy so I stay away. I don‘t need flashy ending. Her books for me are soft pillows. Makes you feel. (edited) 7mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Samplergal I love the way you describe Anne Tyler's books, I feel the same way! I don't need a flashy ending either and reading them makes me feel like I'm home, or like you said, like soft pillows. Perfect description and its exactly how I felt reading all 3 books by Tyler. 3w
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Another family saga! I love the characters in the book, especially Abby.

UwannaPublishme So glad you liked it! I can‘t get enough of Anne Tyler. 🙌🏻 7mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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One of my most favorite features of reading on Libby is the definitions. I'd heard of succotash, but never experienced it myself and wasn't sure what was in it. Now I know!

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Cortg
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Next read...July‘s book club choice!

Cathythoughts I remember liking this one 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
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Samplergal
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Knowing this was Anne Tyler‘s last book, I have started this book many times and put it back. Baltimore culture features in each of her books, which is likely why I love her books so much. Penn Station in Bmore is in the background here, where it‘s mentioned often in this book. A tale of families, in the “Balmer” tradition, with its ebbs and flow, make this a solid five star book.

Samplergal Character study at its finest, I feel I‘ve lost a best friend. Her last book. Goodbye old friend. 8mo
megnews Been meaning to read this for awhile. 8mo
Leftcoastzen Then she wrote 8mo
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BarbaraJean I‘m not sure what you mean by this being her last book? Is it that this was the last one of hers you hadn‘t read? I believe (or hope!) she‘s still writing! 8mo
Leftcoastzen She said she was quitting after blue thread , then wrote the 2 books I posted 8mo
Samplergal Yep you‘re correct. Clock Dance was her last. I devoured that last summer. It is her last for me. I‘ve now read them all. 😭 (edited) 8mo
Samplergal I think she is retired. Who knows with writers? This was to be the last one. Then she wrote Clock Dance. She is close to 70 now. 8mo
Samplergal My full review is at my blog if you‘re interested. Www.safepassagesandprose.com 8mo
DivineDiana As I‘m Baltimore born and bred, always love Anne Tyler, but still have more to read including this one! 8mo
Samplergal @DivineDiana that‘s right, hon. I forgot you‘re in philly now. Miss me some crabs. 8mo
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squirrelbrain
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It‘s funny as I usually dislike books where there are no answers or conclusions. This book just drifts along and we don‘t get to find out the ‘whys‘ - why someone did what they did, or why someone behaves like they do, but I still enjoyed it all the same...

This book fits for #maryland for #readingUSA2019.

I also have a spare charity shop copy if anyone would like it... but be sure to read other reviews first as many Littens don‘t like it!

BarbaraBB I really liked this one too 💕 8mo
LapReader Man booker books are my favs but I live in Australia. 8mo
jessinikkip This sounds like a good book, and so far I havent read a Maryland book yet 8mo
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squirrelbrain @LapReader, such a shame as I‘ve just checked and it‘s about £ from the UK to Australia - probably cheaper to buy a copy ?. @jessinikkip - I think you‘re US aren‘t you? Again, it‘ll be about Qd so see if you can get a copy cheaper over there.... (edited) 8mo
jessinikkip I bet I could find one cheaper. I am in the US, I just didnt know what postage would be. Thanks for the recommendation though, now I know what to read! 8mo
squirrelbrain @jessinikkip - it‘s not too bad to send to Europe but US and Aus gets expensive, particularly over 200g in weight. I think the vast majority of Anne Tyler‘s books are Maryland based so any would do.... 8mo
Samplergal Yes most of hers are MD books. I haven‘t read this yet(!) But I‘ve had it forever. She‘s a great writer of characters. Baltimore is her loveliest character. Acquired taste. ❤️ 8mo
BookwormM I am one who didn‘t like it 🤣🤣perhaps my dislike was made stronger as this was on a Man Booker Longlist can‘t remember if it made the shortlist I hope not 🤣🤣 8mo
Kaye I‘ve read some of her older ones. You described them perfectly. The ones I‘ve read are just about ordinary people living their lives. My favorite was 8mo
Librarybelle Nice choice! 8mo
Samplergal ❤️❤️❤️Just finished it. Loved it. 8mo
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Latrelwhite
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From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning author--now in the fiftieth year of her remarkable career--a brilliantly observed, joyful and wrenching, funny and true new novel that reveals, as only she can, the very nature of a family's life.  

Come-read-with-me @Latrelwhite I adored this book!!! Great review! 👏🏻 5mo
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KendylChamberlain
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Mehso-so

It was a good enough story, but the jumping back and forth..... and the ENDING JUST SUCKED! All that for that ending.... I won't read another Tyler.

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Cortg
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BOOK MAIL! Thank you so much @Rachel.Rencher This will be my first Anne Tyler book and our July book club selection!

Rachel.Rencher Yaaay so glad you got it! Enjoy 🤗❤ 12mo
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hdhubbard
Mehso-so

6/10 Not the ending I expected, still a pretty good read. Wouldn't read again, not enough interest to bring me back a second time. Characters are generally unremarkable, but just likeable enough to want to see the story through.

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jessconley
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Book about family! Includes several generations of stories, cuz we all have a story that makes us special, unique and different. Classic family, in that we think we know our family, but there is so much more to each person‘s story that we don‘t know or understand. We affect each other so much more than we realize.

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carlygriff
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After reading so many good reviews of this book I was so disappointed. I was expecting so much more. Didn‘t feel the story went anywhere and don‘t get me started on the ending!

Cinfhen I bailed 😜 1y
carlygriff I wanted to but kept going in the hope something would happen 😆 1y
Caroline2 I bailed on this one! 🙄 1y
BookwormM I hated this one can‘t believe it made Man Booker List 1y
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4thhouseontheleft
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Mehso-so

Anne Tyler‘s books always seem to hover between just okay and 👍 for me. It‘s a solid family saga, but I did not like the brief but jarring flashback to the past 2/3 of the way through the story.

I think what keeps pulling me back to her books is the taste of home they give me. Her settings always feel so familiar!

#booked2018 #mcover70 #mountTBR

Caterina I haven't read any Anne Tyler, but I recently experienced a similar feeling with Raney, by Clyde Edgerton, read for a book club - I hated a lot about the book, but it felt so much like home! It got two stars/5 just for that! 1y
KatieCarpenter That bird is so cute! 1y
Cinfhen I bailed on your tagged book although I did pick up her newest when it was a Kindle deal 1y
Bookishthoughts I know what you mean! Her books feel like real raw feelings you would experience. She has a nice flow sometimes. At least that's how I felt with the tagged book. I don't re-read very often but I've read this one 3 times. 1y
ravenlee My MIL gave me her favorite book years ago, The Accidental Tourist. After having it a year or two I finally read it (forced myself to finish it) - and I hated it. I‘ve never read another Tyler novel and I‘ve avoided all discussions of the book with my in-laws (all her sisters love the book, too, as well as the movie). Awkward! 1y
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4thhouseontheleft
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Day 14: #routine

My primary form of daily self-care is the 20 minutes I spend each morning with tea and a book. I am grateful to be able to incorporate this routine into my schedule, and I definitely miss it on the rare days it doesn‘t happen.

I have a November to-do list a mile long right now, so today I‘m using my Wonder Woman mug for encouragement!

#booksandtea #gratitude30

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4thhouseontheleft
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This happens very rarely, that I‘m enjoying a book, but get to a new section and think, this is a good end to the story! I‘m not sure I want to read further! 😳

I‘m not particularly interested in jumping back to the past, which is what Part Two holds. Anne Tyler makes me feel like I am eavesdropping on someone else‘s family drama, which can be fun, but there is very little plot to move me forward from here.

MayJasper Yes I often find that device annoying. I don't want to know what happened x number of years ago, I want to know what happens next. 1y
BarbaraBB I agree. I just read this book and felt perfectly fine without diving into the past! 1y
4thhouseontheleft @MayJasper In some books, I like the back and forth. But not this one! @BarbaraBB I‘m almost finished now, but definitely still feel this way, I don‘t think it was necessary, and for me, it took away from the story rather than enhanced it. 1y
rubyslippersreads I have to love this section title, since I assume the author is quoting the Wicked Witch of the West: “Oh — what a world, what a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?” 1y
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4thhouseontheleft
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Day 12: #wisdom

My favorite meal as a kid, I have it now only about once a year. Always on a cold, rainy day!

Wisdom is knowing when self-care involves a gluten-free cheat day for a taste of childhood after an enjoyable but looooong day that isn‘t over yet! (Have to head back out in the rain after 🍽) ☔️ 🌧

#bookanddinner #gratitude30

tracey38 Perfect for this cold, rainy day. 1y
Nute If that is tomato soup then that along with a grilled cheese sandwich was a favorite childhood meal for me as well.😊 1y
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4thhouseontheleft @Nute Yes, creamy tomato soup! I rarely eat bread or cheese anymore, so it‘s now a treat meal. ☺️ 1y
inthegreensandblues That was my dinner last night. 😄 1y
Susanita I don‘t know what I would eat if I gave up cheese and bread. 1y
4thhouseontheleft @Susanita I have a few brands of GF bread and pasta that I like! I do eat cheese on occasion, just not as often as I used to! 1y
LeahBergen Yum! 1y
CouronneDhiver 😋😋😋 1y
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BarbaraBB
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Four generations of a middle-class American family, living in the suburbs of Baltimore. Nothing much happens to them, they live and love and lie and make mistakes. This easily could have been a cheesy novel, but it isn‘t. As homely and cosy as it is, Anne Tyler takes it beyond cheesiness and creates a family I want to know all about. #manbooker #Booked2018 #MCover70

Trashcanman 👋👁️👁️🤗 1y
Leftcoastzen I know right? 1y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Loved this one 1y
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Cinfhen I bailed on this because at the 70 page mark nothing was happening and I sort of saw where it was heading. Glad u liked it and great choice for this prompt!!! 1y
TheCuriousHousecat I loved this book. The author has a fine perception and details family nuances with ease. 1y
4thhouseontheleft Ooohhh....I still need to pick something for this prompt, and I own this one! I like Anne Tyler‘s books. 1y
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Bipasha
Mehso-so

Not much of a page turner but quite well written and apt for readers who like cross generation and family dramas.

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! Also check out @LitsyWelcomeWagon to get connected--there are links in the profile to tips for navigating Litsy.👍 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
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Not going to lie...I'm having a pretty hard time getting into this book. I'm on page 100 and I feel so disconnected from the multitude of characters that have been introduced. Had I known it was a family saga, I honestly may not have picked it up. I had the same trouble relating to The Nest. I'll give it a few more chapters, but I just might not be the right audience for this book.

Caroline2 Yeah I bailed on this book! I just couldn‘t get interested in any of the characters! 🙁 2y
rmaclean4 I love Anne Tyler...but had to bail on this one. 2y
JennyM I second all the above - ❤️ Anne Tyler, but not this book 2y
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Bookgirl I felt the same, stuck it out, and ended up liking it to my surprise 2y
thea-block I agree with everything you mentioned above! I was surprised at how hard it was to get into this book. In the end I appreciated the atmospheric perspective from the book but I never loved the characters. No spoilers, but I think that‘s part of the point of the book - people are not wholly love-able, and we all make choices that affect the future in sometimes drastic ways! 2y
Rachel.Rencher @thea-block Yeah, I definitely understand that the characters aren't meant to be lovable. There's been plenty of books where the main character sucks but I still like the story. Maybe I need to give it another try later on, but I don't think the characters were even that developed. She just kept telling reminiscent stories that I thought were going to lead up to something, and then nothing happened. I'm still open to try her other books, though! 2y
Lucas.Rencher Well maybe put it down and come back to it later 😀 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
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Started this book last night! I'm about 20 pages in, and I love her writing style so far. I have no idea or context of what this story is about, so I'm excited to see how it progresses!

Chelsea.Poole I dearly love this book ♥️📘 2y
Lucas.Rencher I'm glad your enjoying it! 😀 2y
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Tashreads
Pickpick

I went into this with reservations. Family sagas are not always my thing. But I was pleasantly surprised at how invested I was with the family, and how amusing their antics were

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“How would I know where he was calling from? He doesn‘t have a fixed address, hasn‘t been in touch all summer, already changed jobs twice that we know of and probably more that we don‘t know of...A nineteen-year-old boy and we have no idea what part of the planet he‘s on!” #familydrama

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Tashreads
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Finding this quite amusing.

Bronte_Chintz Welcome to Litsy! Hope you love it here! 2y
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! 2y
Jess7 Welcome to Litsy! 2y
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Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 2y
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy🌼 2y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻👋🏻 2y
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C.Perone
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Not one of my favorites by Anne Tyler, but honestly I feel like if I read it again in about 10 to 15 years I‘ll feel very differently about it

#ReadingResolutions Day25 #Thread

MicrobeMom Wasn‘t one of my favorites either! 2y
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Kshakal
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I have always wanted to read this book.... #thread #readingresolutions @Jess7

erzascarletbookgasm On my TBR ;) 2y
SilversReviews It wasn‘t a good one for me. I actually didn‘t finish it. 2y
Kshakal @SilversReviews good to know! Thanks! 2y
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SilversReviews @Kshakal You may like it...I hope I didn‘t discourage you. 2y
Kshakal @SilversReviews you totally didn‘t and plus my TBR is so long that I may never get to it! 😋 2y
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Zelma
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Anne Tyler is one of those authors that I don‘t necessarily love but keep reading, thinkingI should love her. So this was a pleasant surprise; I adored this! Such a rich, quiet, satisfying book. Tyler writes straightforward, unassuming novels that seem simple, but that is a testament to her craft; she‘s a great writer. And this was a wonderful family saga; it doesn‘t have a tense plot or climactic ending, yet made me happy me all the same. ❤️

Samplergal She‘s one of my favorite. I still have yet to dive into this. #soManyBooks. 2y
Zelma @Samplergal you won‘t be disappointed. It‘s just lovely. 2y
Vikkiha I love Anne Tyler. Her books are like a long hug from an old friend. This one was great. I still have some of her older books to read but I‘m saving them for when I need that hug 🤗 2y
Zelma @Vikkiha that‘s a great way to put it. I usually liken it to pulling on an old comfy sweatshirt. 😋 2y
Vikkiha 💖 2y
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kimgnix
Mehso-so

I stayed with this one (audio), even though it was pretty uneven. It had some good parts, but just wasn't completely sewed together (pardon the pun).

Kaye Hello Kim. Welcome to Litsy. I would like to recommend A Prayer for Owen Meany. ❤️ 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👋😁 2y
olivia.ferz Welcome to Litsy! 2y
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Swe_Eva Welcome! 2y
BookBridget Welcome to Litsy! 📑📓📑📓 2y
ReadZenRites Hi 👋🏻 Welcome to Litsy ✨📚✨ 2y
asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
Smrloomis Welcome! 🎉 2y
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Jbakesmcgee3
Mehso-so

Pretty great prose, interesting time line, didn‘t really feel as connected as I wanted to to the characters

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Cinfhen
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Airplane read #1....nope, not for me. I liked the premise; family drama, multigenerational, life‘s ups and downs but over 200 pages in and still nothing was happening that hooked me...as much as I wanted to care about the family (honestly, I don‘t remember their surname) I bailed. It was my first Anne Tyler and probably my last.

Cinfhen I tried @Blaire @mrp27 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
ReadingRuby Sorry to hear you didn‘t like it! This is one of the next up on my TBR.. Although I might push it further down. I read another Anne Tyler that was just a so-so 2y
jhod @rubyhanmer keep going past a certain point - there is a big plot change. It is gentle but I liked it :-) 2y
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ReadingRuby @jhod I will definitely give it a go! 2y
jhod @Cinfhen @rubyhanmer have tried other Ann Tyler's and didn't like them as much. Horses for courses!! 2y
Cinfhen @jhod please share twist under spoiler...I‘m curious but I‘ve already returned book on my OverDrive account 😝 2y
Cinfhen @rubyhanmer I can‘t explain what was bothering me exactly but it was slow in the unraveling and I was getting bored...hope you have a better reading experience 😊 2y
Leftcoastzen If you ever try another one I would suggest 2y
Cathythoughts I liked the first one or two of her books ( ?) but I think I just out grew her writing- she wasn‘t for me anymore 🤷‍♀️ 2y
TrishB I would be so disappointed having 2 dodgy books on the plane! 2y
Cinfhen Ha, it did suck @TrishB and I was too exhausted to try a third... 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @Leftcoastzen was that book made into a film??? 2y
Leftcoastzen @Cinfhen yes, It was. I liked the film too. I‘m not a Tyler super fan or anything ,haven‘t read all of her books,but I liked that one quite a bit .Quiet quirkiness. 2y
Leftcoastzen @Cinfhen and what @TrishB said, argh. 2y
Cinfhen I think I saw the film, it‘s vaguely familiar @Leftcoastzen I remember mostly liking it... I‘ll keep that book in mind...thanks😊 2y
Tamra I bailed too, but I don‘t even remember why! 😝 (edited) 2y
4thhouseontheleft Oh no! Anne Tyler is hit or miss with me. This one is on my TBR this year, for the #pop18 challenge. I picked up a copy at Costco when it was first published. 2y
cathysaid Yep, this one was a bail for me as well. 2y
Cinfhen I wanted to use this for #pop18 too @4thhouseontheleft now I need a new book with BLUE in the title 😝 2y
Cinfhen I‘m glad I‘m in #goodcompany @Tamra @cathysaid but now I‘m curious about the #plottwist that @jhod mentioned.... 2y
Reviewsbylola Damn, you really struck out with your airplane reading! 2y
Kdgordon88 Oh no, it‘s been sitting on the tbr stack moving slowly to the top. It is now reshuffled to the bottom. Will it ever see the light of day? Lol 2y
Mdargusch I bailed on this too! 2y
emilyhaldi Boo 👎🏻 2y
jhod Unless you already got to that point and didn't think it was worthy of being called a twist! 😂 I think it might be worth reading to that point as it does change emphasis afterwards... but there are too many books out there to worry really! I hope you enjoy your next one! 😗 2y
jhod Oh just saw your comment. Sure! The mother dies. 2y
jhod I've never done a spoiler before so hope I've done it right! 2y
mrp27 Well that's a bummer but glad you gave it a go! 2y
Blaire Yes, sorry you didn‘t enjoy it, tho I don‘t think this one is a great representation of her work. I didn‘t finish it either but intend to go back. Accidental tourist or breathing lessons prob better to start with. Also get that there are lots of books to read and she may not be the author for you. Her books are definitely not plot driven. 2y
BookwormM This made the Man Booker longlist a few years back and I could see nothing to justify its inclusion 2y
BarbaraBB Hmmm, i‘ve got this on my tbr as well. I even planned to read it for #booked18... well maybe I should reconsider. 2y
Cinfhen Ha!! You did great @jhod Did the Mom die due to an accident caused by her early dementia?? How did the death effect Denny? 2y
Cinfhen For every bail there‘s a pick so please don‘t skip this because of me @BarbaraBB @Kdgordon88 2y
Cinfhen Yea, bummer for my airplane pick but it still killed 1 1/2 hours out of 22 🤪😝😂 @Suet624 @Reviewsbylola @mrp27 @Blaire @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch @bookwormM 2y
Kdgordon88 Not to worry. It's been languishing on the tbr for along time which already shows a lack of interest on my part. 2y
jhod Yes exactly - she went wandering and got in a traffic accident. To be honest what stayed with me (it's been well over a year...) was you went backwards and saw how the mum and dad got together - can't remember names 😂 - and how she wasn't actually that into him and how changed she was by settling down and having kids. Denny kept being a bit of a brat as far as I can remember! 2y
CarolynM Don't give up on her altogether. I absolutely adore Breathing Lessons and I've liked some of her others a lot too, but hated The Accidental Tourist and couldn't finish Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. All her stories are about family, I think you just need to find the ones you can relate to. 2y
Cinfhen Oh , that saves the book somewhat @jhod but it might be awhile until I try this author again @CarolynM 2y
4thhouseontheleft Have you read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison? 2y
Cinfhen No, good one @4thhouseontheleft 😄 2y
Centique I vote for that one too @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft it‘s gripping for a great literary read. 👍 2y
Blaire Is wonderful. Agree with @4thhouseontheleft 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Centique @Blaire Yes! It‘s been a while since I read it, but it is one of those books that sticks with you. Definitely recommend it! 2y
Blaire @4thhouseontheleft @centique @cinfhen agreed. I read this in high school I think - so over 20 years ago - and I still remember it, which is really unusual for me. Or I should say I remember the contours of it. (edited) 2y
L_auren Literally nothing ever happened in this boring book!!! Great choice to bail 2y
Cinfhen Whew!! Thanks @L_auren hope you‘re having an awesome vacation 😁can‘t wait for your ToB round!!!!!! 2y
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Jbakesmcgee3
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Enjoying this book with a nice Lush soak 🛀🏻

Mdargusch Perfect! 2y
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Samplergal
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Post a cover that you love. No explanations. #2. #7days7bookcovers

HelloImJez One of my favourite shades of blue! 2y
CherryPie I love it because I love thread! ☺ 2y
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Samplergal
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I love Anne Tyler and wonder why I've never read this one. Being from Baltimore, I relate to her quirky characters and houses. I'm starting this one today.

DivineDiana I am Baltimore born and bred too! Although, I now reside in the Philadelphia area. 2y
Samplergal @DivineDiana Me too! Moved To SoFlo last year. I miss the quirky people. It‘s a colorful city. 2y
DivineDiana @Samplergal That it is! Near and dear to my heart! 💗 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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I found this book a delightfully engrossing read. It's an immersive look at the Whitshank family. For me, it's strength lies in rich character development. I found myself connecting with them, curious about them and caring for them. A very readable family drama.

Minervasbutler Anne Tyler is someone who has been on my "meaning to try" list for too long.... 2y
huntersmom1977 I absolutely loved this book!! One of my favourites in 2017 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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Waiting for a friend in a coffee shop = time to read with some Moroccan Mint tea!

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Victoria_Clyne
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I must be having a good day, two posts on the same day. This is another catch up review from last year. Still got a number to go. I quite liked this one. I think it might be the first Anne Tyler. And I'm now looking forward to reading more.

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emileereads
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Okay but did we ever find out ANYTHING about Denny?

kimgnix Maybe he changed his ways, but I kind of doubt it. 2y
emileereads @kimgnix Agreed, I don‘t think anything changed! 2y
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