I don’t exactly recall how this book came into my orbit… and how I randomly ended up with a large print edition? Very interesting. Or maybe it was a gift because I started taking sewing classes last year? Either way, it had nothing to do with sewing and was a nice little read.
A Spool of Blue Thread is the story of the Whitshanks family, initially Red and Abby and their four children, but more accurately it is the story of people who want MORE or DIFFERENT than what they have. From old Mr. Whitshanks obsession with the home he builds for another family, to his wife’s early obsession with him and an imaginary love story that propelled them into a never quite satisfying union. The next generation is no different, and at last Denny the black sheep of the family who is angry but can’t quite determine why. This novel is rich in every day human actions that mirror the more profound battles that make up a life. As the reader gets to know Red and Abby, their words, their love for one another, and the secrets they keep… It is also the story of a home in Baltimore and how each generation clings to the home.
This was a touching story. I’m not sure how I loved the transitions from time periods and different character focuses, but I did enjoy once Tyler had settled into the transition. I also don’t think that there was enough difference in ‘voice’ when Tyler goes from character to character. This is one that I’d suggest to my mom, or maybe a book club. It straddles that difficult middle position between a light little read and something a bit more profound.