A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread just wasn’t my cup of tea. The sprawling family-saga isn’t something I’m likely to have read were it not my book group’s book of the month. I managed the whole thing over the course of a couple of days, but couldn’t shake the feeling it was a nothing-y sort of book where nothing really happened. I just couldn’t bring myself to truly care about any of the Whitshank clan, and by the end, no one seemed to have learned much, or grown much, or – there was just no point to it all. Somewhere around sixty percent in, all creeping forward momentum stops entirely, and Tyler plunge back into the depths of the family history for two segments that feel more like novellas than a continuous story. Tyler isn’t a bad writer, but I found most of the book tedious in the extreme, particularly the overlong paragraphs gushing about the architecture of the family home. I doubt I’ll read more by her in future, but acknowledge there’s plenty here for those who do enjoy a family saga.

[Read from 18-20 October 2016]

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