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This month is the last Book Club discussion meeting until September. We traditionally have taken off for the summer and have now added June to that vacation schedule. If you want to be prepared for the September discussion, you can read The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morai over the summer.
The Book Club choice for May is Anne Tyler’s new book, A Spool of Blue Thread. Anne Tyler is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and literary critic. She has published 20 novels, the best known of which are Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist, and Breathing Lessons, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She has also been nominated for numerous literary awards and has won the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2012 she was awarded The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.
The following review is taken from Book*Sense. In Anne Tyler’s latest novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, she does what she does best: she creates a family filled with quirky, genuine characters and deftly builds their histories and relationships. The Whitshanks are a family who believe certain myths about themselves. They believe they are happier than other families, and closer to each other, and they believe that Whitshanks have a way of getting what they want. In the winding course of this novel, Tyler shows how these beliefs are true in some ways, but painfully untrue in other ways.
This latest work from Anne Tyler is as masterful and absorbing as anything she has written. Her patient character development, her unsentimental portrayal of family life, and her brilliant understanding of the psychology of parents and children all combine to create a memorable and breath-taking novel. Fans of Anne Tyler will not be disappointed, and new readers will no doubt rush to read her extensive back list.
An additional review from the Los Angeles Times states that “Tyler has proved again and again that a chronicle of middleclass 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.”
The Book Club will meet to discuss A Spool of Blue Thread at 835 26th Avenue, N on Tuesday, May 26 at 7 PM. As usual, all are welcome! (with or without your sewing baskets)
For more book club information, please contact Maureen at firstname.lastname@example.org.