A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
A well written story about a family that is held together not by a thread but by the force of the wives and mothers even though the story seems to be mostly about the men of the family and the house they built. The men of the Whitshank family through the generations think they control their family's life but it is really the women. The color blue also runs through the story and connects the women to the men in both conflict and seduction. An enjoyable read.