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 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.
I found the story to be a lovely one but the writing is awkward at times. I felt that the narrator's voice did not match up well with the story being told.
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.
Wife, mother and tech geek.
What a great reminder that you can overcome what seems to be impossible. An incredible friendship grew all because of an act of kindness. The story reminds us that there is humanity and greatness in everyone and that seemingly disparate lives can have many parallels.
The description of Laura's mom passing tugged at my heart. There are many miracles in this story.
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
I was encouraged to look deeper at the world around me and engage. A must read for
those who want to make a difference.
hard to put down
tigers heart b/c that one was hard to put down too
her voice is convincing and mesmerizing
buy this book
I loved that the author was completely honest from the very start. I loved the parallel to her life and that she was fearless. She was not afraid to take the chance and help this boy. I love that she is still a very important part of his life almost 30 years later.
I think it was when she met the boys grandmother.
When the boy saw his father when he was dying.
Wonderful story a must read / listen!
The letter written to Lori by Maurice at the end of the book
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