The Red Thread: A Novel

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W. W. Norton, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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. Who is at the end of your 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 their desire for a child. Their painful and courageous journey toward adoption forces her 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 fate and the red thread that binds these characters' lives. Heartrending and wise, The Red Thread is a stirring portrait of unforgettable love and yearning for a baby.

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User Review  - oldblack - LibraryThing

This is a rather romantic story of American adoptions of "unwanted" Chinese baby girls. It's romantic in the sense that it has the overall message that the adoption of a Chinese baby by an American is ... Read full review

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User Review  - kaulsu - LibraryThing

It was a good book....not the best, but it kept my attention and was a fast read. A bit of a tear-jerker at the end. Maya Lange was holding her daughter after a bath and the baby rather jumped out of ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Ann Hood was born on December 9, 1956, in West Warwick, R.I. She attended the University of Rhode Island and New York University. For several years, she worked as a flight attendant before pursuing her dream of becoming a writer. Ann Hood had a dream of writing ever since her first "novel" at the age of 11. It was not until 1987, with the publication of Somewhere off the Coast of Maine that she received the recognition she had been longing for. Set in the period from the 1960s to the 1980s, the story deals with the lives of three women of the Vietnam era and their children. Strong on emotion and personal growth, Hood's writing frequently examines the intricacies of various levels of relationships. Other works include Something Blue, which also involves the association between three friends.

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