A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

3 Generation Saga

Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread is a three generation family saga centered on the Whitshanks – Red, his wife Abby, their four grown children.  The one we get to know best is Denny, the “black sheep” of the family.  Denny has been disgruntled since he was four years old and Abby and Red took in the “orphan” child of Red’s employee.  Only it turns out that he did have a mother – just one that wasn’t acceptable to Abby.  There was no formal adoption, no announcement – two year old “Stem” just moved in and stayed.  Abby, a retired social worker, has a penchant for rescuing people, taking in strangers for meals, most of whom soon exhibit the reasons why nobody else wants them.  Since his teen years, Denny has popped in and out of the lives of his family, but he sometimes disappears for years at a time.

The Whitshanks are not an extraordinary family in any way.  In fact, they are dull.  Denny brings about the only element of drama to their lives, and it is the source for much disappointment and resentment all around.

We learn the backstory of Red’s parents, Junior and Linnie Mae, and the significance of the Whitshank house to the family’s history, which was originally built for another family by Junior.  The house itself is an important character in the book.

This is domestic fiction at its finest.  Tyler’s excellent way with words is, in a word, delicious.  And her sense of humor is firmly intact.  Yet, this story has a melancholy about it that gives the reader plenty to think about outside of the non-doings of the Whitshanks. 

This is a good, discussible book that would make a great selection for book groups.

The Literary Circle

The Literary Circle

Monday, August 29, 6:30 p.m.

Read Nora Webster by Colm Toibin and come prepared to participate in the lively, congenial discussion.  For adults.  No sign ups required.  Newcomers always welcome.  Questions?  Email mccombs@monterey.org

 

 

Stories for Adults featuring Donald Davis

Stories for Adults featuring Donald Davis

Tuesday, July 19, 7 p.m.

Don't miss this great evening of storytelling with Donald Davis.  Know the goodness of a true tale.  For ages 16-up.  Obtain tickets in advance only at the Help Desk.  No tickets by phone or at the door. Tickets $15 or 1 free w/valid MPL card. Tickets go on sale June 5.  For information email mccombs@monterey.org 
Ebook Help Appointments @ Your Library

Ebook Help Appointments @ Your Library

Monday, June 6, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Did you know the library offers free ebooks? Have you been meaning to try using them but aren't sure how to get started? Get stuck the last time you tried? Want tips and tricks to maximize your usage? Would some one-on-one assistance help get you started? Our Library Technology Volunteer Steven will help! Bring your device and/or laptop and we'll walk through the steps. Reserve a spot by calling the library help desk at (831) 646-3933 or emailing refdesk@monterey.org.  Monday Nights, 6:30-7:30pm, June 6th and 20th. Appointments available at 6:30, 6:50, and 7:10.

Summer Reading Kickoff Party- Read for the Win

Summer Reading Kickoff Party- Read for the Win

Saturday, June 4, 1-5 p.m.

Join us for a family friendly Kid-O-lympics-games, crafts, stories, refreshments, prizes. Special musical guest James Henry of Samba Productions. Located at Colton Hall Lawn-570 Pacific Street, Monterey. First day to sign up for Summer Reading. In partnership with Monterey Recreation. 

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