As Abby Whitshank tells the story of three generations of her family, we witness the events and unguarded moments that have come to define who the Whitshanks are. And while all families like to believe they are special, what we really see are the hopes and fears, the rivalries and tensions of families everywhere. This is vintage Anne Tyler - a big, fat family saga to truly lose yourself in.
Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her bestselling novels include
The Accidental Tourist,
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant,
Ladder of Years,
Back When We Were Grownups, A Patchwork Planet, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread,
Vinegar Girl and
In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize for
Breathing Lessons; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'; in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence; and in 2015
A Spool of Blue Thread was a
Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize.