In the tradition of the New York Times best-seller The Blind Side, The Invisible Thread tells of the unlikely friendship between a busy executive and a disadvantage young boy, and how both of their lives changed forever.
©2011 Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski (P)2011 Tantor
"[A] feel-good story about the far-reaching benefits of kindness." (Publishers Weekly)
I love true stories and this is a wonderful one. Two people from different backgrounds, social standings and ages are brought together under unusual circumstances that ended up changing each others lives forever in ways they could never have foreseen... Not your typical love story, but a story of love.. Absolutely worth the listen/read.. The very last words of the story brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart..
I found the book interesting, but painful. Both main characters had very difficult, dangerous and abusive childhoods, albeit, very different problems. Something in common, however, was that both had a parent with severe substance abuse problems. It is amazing that they both survived, but more amazing is that they both emerged as productive, successful adults. But, this was not the kind of story that I wanted to read. I wanted a feel good story of rescue and redemption. Instead, I got a story of survival. I loved "Blind Side" and was hoping for a story on that level. Instead, this is a story of two very damaged, destructive families and two survivors who come together to help each other. Yes, it has a happy ending, but getting through the journey was painful.
It is what it is. Changing the story would have made it fiction.
Well read with emotion. Great performance.
Maybe. If you want a story of survival, this is the story for you. I can certainly see this story giving someone hope and power. If you are feeling rather "beat up" and you need a happy story, pass over this one.
I read at night and listen in the car, and this book actually suffered from my listening to it. The narrator was older than I pictured the author, and her voice lacked the cadence and empathetic tone I felt when I read the author's words.
I wish this book had been just one story. Ms. Schroff is clearly not a writer, as some of her prose had the feel of high school English. She gave us TOO many details of her life, when the story about she and Maurice was really the point of the book. Her relationship with her father never made sense and really muddled my feeling that she had good judgment. Again, her ex-husband equally made me question her judgment, as anyone of any age could have sniffed out infidelity on the first weekend away.
Ms. Schroff deserves applause for the difference she makes in the life of this boy. Just tell THAT story. Perhaps an abridged version of this can stick to the main story and skip the family pain and melodrama. It might be part of the thread, but it adds little to an appreciation of the life she built after meeting Maurice.
English major. Love to read
This book chronicles a wonderful story about a chance encounter between a homeless boy and a magazine executive. Unfortunately, the writing is so weak, including grammatical errors, that I couldn't concentrate on the compelling nature of the story. It should have moved almost by itself - just needed a really good editor. Not my favorite.
I wouldn't listen again. I felt the book as a bit longer than it needed to be. The story is a good one & I was definitely engaged though.
I liked that since it's a true story, the ending didn't go as I would have predicted. This is a real story & that made it all the more enjoyable. Everything isn't always roses & things don't always end up like in the movies.
Inspirational, engaging, tender
It illustrates how making a difference in one person's life can have powerful, long-term impact on generations to come.
voice, cadence, inflection
This book, though said to be about a relationship between a NYC executive and a down and out homeless kid, was actually mostly about the entire life (horrible and depressing is putting it mildly) of the author Laura Schroff. I enjoyed the story of she and Maurice but then she'd go on and on about how terrible her life was growing up with an abusive father. It seemed like she was almost trying to do a compare and contrast, like "look at me, I had an awful childhood and I made something of myself". She also talks down to the readers by over simplifying stuff and going into details like we don't know what Section 8 housing is or a GED. I really really hated the book and only finished it because it's for my book club and I was hoping she'd get off her own personal pitty party and get back to the story of her relationship with Maurice. I found myself at times pausing the recording, just to talk to the author and tell her what an idiot she was being! Though she was a huge support and inspiration to this kid, she also did him wrong and betrayed him a few times and for that she just wasn't a likable character in this true story. I give her book 1star and that's actually about what this book was worth.
I had to read this for a book group. It took me a while to begin appreciating it. Maybe halfway through. It struck me as an overly "neat and tidy" tale of a successful white woman saving a Black kid with just a little effort. I think perhaps the true story is much richer than this impression, in which case it just needed a better writer. When Maurice finally went out on his own to save and find his own purpose and possibility, the book became more inspiring. It wasn't that Schroff didn't contribute a great deal to his success, she most likely did, but we needed to SEE Maurice's character develop, and hear less about Schrop's difficulties. They can be included, but shouldn't take over.
This author needs better editors. There seems to be a story here worth reading. Unfortunately, the reader has to adapt and repair the content to find it. This is the failure of the editor.
Read Angela's Ashes and The Man Who Listens to Horses. These are examples of techniques for developing similar biographical material that work. This book stalls and drags. This story remains too tedious and pointless for too long. Consider the timing and plot development when intermingling past present and retrospective reveal. We need a sense of perspective. Where are we when you are telling the story? Are we moving through time on one line while considering another? Is there a third line that we see the first two from? I still cannot answer this. Please find a good editor.
Very good narrator. The one thing that kept me listening as long as I did was the very good performance of the narrator.
Bewilderment is not what the author was trying to create in her readers, I'm sure. Due to using a difficult technique - personal childhood history, recent events, retroactive revision to reveal misperceptions or lies - all told concurrently. I spent too long wondering why lies and second thoughts were revealed as the narrative of the simultaneous stories develop, or failed to develop. I sense that you have a good story, it is just not well told.
I am hoping that a revised edition of this book is released eventually. I might take another shot at it. I am sure a good editor cout manage this.
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