This novel, as a lot of Tyler's are, is the story of a family. In this instance they are the Whitshanks, made up of Abby and Red who are parents to Denny, Stem, Jeannie and Amanda. The children are now grown up with families of their own and as well as learning about them, the novel also travels back in time. We find out how Abby and Red got together as well as Red's Mother and Father.
I love Anne Tyler; she makes the ordinary everyday lives of people interesting and gripping. We can see ourselves and others we know in the characters she creates. They sometimes say the wrong thing, can irritate each other as well as be amusing but ultimately they love and look out for one another, as we all do.
The author has said this will be her final novel; a shame as she is a great writer. If that is true though she has certainly finished on a high, as A Spool Of Blue Thread is one of her best. Also luckily for me I still have a couple of hers on my shelf that I have yet to read.
Thanks to Netgalley and Vintage Publishing for a copy of this in return for an honest review.