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**Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015**
**Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015**
‘It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon…'
This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before.
And yet this gathering is different. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. They've all come, even Denny, who can usually be relied on only to please himself.
From that porch we spool back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are. And while all families like to believe they are special, round that kitchen table over all those years we also see played out our own hopes and fears, rivalries and tensions – the essential nature of family life.
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About the Author
Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons and many other bestselling novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Saint Maybe, Ladder of Years, A Patchwork Planet, Back When We Were Grownups, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America and The Beginner's Goodbye. In 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English' and in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, which recognises a lifetime's achievement in books. Her most recent novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, was a Sunday Times bestseller and shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015.
The book shows the life of a young family in a new, struggling country. It is an insight into a different culture, without prejudice, as it has been lived day by day. It also lets you take part in the advancing of living standard of middleclass families in Asia. You learn that there are other ways of life that can lead you to success and happiness. Some chapters seem to be quite amusing, now that they are long behind. I actually wrote these chapters for my family, to tell them about the Pakistan they do not know. My daughter felt, this had a wider interest for other people, who wanted to know about the country and its day to day problems in a different way from the propaganda available on TV. The story is very personal, and I can not guarantee for the things I wrote about politics for instance; this reflects my personal opinion.
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