Why do I like Anne Tyler so much? Because her tales of seemingly ordinary Americans and their lives reveal a deep understanding of the complicated joys and sorrows in all families? Because The Accidental Tourist, the story of a hapless travel writer who dreads travel and is trying to keep going after the tragic loss of his son and the end of his marriage, is one of my all-time favorite books? Or, is it because Tyler was once a librarian?
For whatever reason, I highly recommend A Spool of Blue Thread, the latest, and possibly the last, book by this wonderfully gentle yet wise author. Over her fifty-year career, she has written twenty novels I plan to explore. I admire Tyler for her lack of sensationalism, her understated humor, her love of the quirky, and her rare ability to thrive as an author without being drawn into the seemingly endless whirl of self promotion that so many writers must do whether they want to or not.
Keep writing Anne!