This July: the 2015 Man Booker Prize
A book club discussion of Anne Tyler’s 2015 novel A Spool of Blue Thread, shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.
At the Shortlist Book Club, attendees read a book shortlisted for a significant literary prize. Does the judges’ decision stand up to the test of time? And what can the book (and it’s second-place status) tell us about the year that the prize was issued?
A Spool of Blue Thread begins the day Abby Whitshank fell in love with Red in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate an indefinable kind of specialness, but like all families, their stories reveal only part of the picture: Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red’s parents, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to the grandchildren carrying the Whitshank legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn house that has always been their anchor.
Attendees are expected to have read the novel (or most of it) in advance of the book club discussion. Paperback copies of A Spool of Blue Thread are available at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration is not required.