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In China there is a belief that people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. After losing her infant daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens The Red Thread, an adoption agency that specializes in placing baby girls from China with American families. Maya finds some comfort in her work, until a group of six couples share their personal stories of desire for a child.

Their painful and courageous journey toward adoption forces Maya to confront the lost daughter of her past.

Brilliantly braiding together the stories of Chinese birth mothers who give up their daughters, Ann Hood writes a moving and beautifully told novel of the red thread of fate that binds these characters’ lives. Heartrending and wise, The Red Thread is a stirring portrait of unforgettable love and yearning for a baby.

©2010 Ann Hood (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“[An] engaging new tearjerker….The individual arcs are woven together beautifully….Hood's sensitive depiction of her characters' hopes and fears makes for a moving story of dedication, forgiveness, and love.”(Publishers Weekly)

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  • Mary
  • Lakeville, MN, United States
  • 09-18-11

Good idea for a story, but...

"The Red Thread" is the next selection for my book club. I can't wait for the discussions! The idea of telling the story of the sad prediciment of people in China who give up their baby girls and the Americans who take the heart-rendering journey to adoption is what attracted me to this book and lead me to recommend it to my book club friends.
But for all that, I found the plot shallow, the people shallow and way more sex than was necessary.
The stories of these marriages (the Americans) were depressing and, for the most part, self-inflicted, and I found very few of them ready to be parents.
It was hours of these horrific situtations and sad tales and then The End. They get their babies and, we must assume, that everyone lives happily ever after. As if a baby is the answer to everyone's bad behavior and problems. What a shallow, sad soap opera!

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  • Megan
  • Charlottesville, VA, United States
  • 09-20-10

Well written, well read...

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Masterfully told and well paced. I enjoyed meeting all the characters. The author's own story is touching to say the least...

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Love this Legend

Would you consider the audio edition of The Red Thread to be better than the print version?

The people seem more real on audio for me

What does Hillary Huber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is fantastic

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh yes I cried and I laughed and I could not put the book down until all the babies were safely connected.

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