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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In this book Ann Hood treats the reader to a beautiful concept when she writes –“there exits a silken red thread of destiny and when a child is born this invisible red thread connects the child’s soul to all the people – past, present and future – who will play a part in that child’s life”. The book’s title refers to this exquisite inspirational Chinese proverb and follows Maya, who through The Red Thread Adoption Agency places abandoned Chinese girl babies with American parents. This is an engaging, at times emotional story told in alternating voices of the prospective parents and interspersed with the tales of how these babies came to be abandoned in China. Central to the book is also a secret buried deep within Maya and her journey of becoming whole again. The story is more moving with the knowledge that Ann Hood lost her daughter at a very young age and adopted a baby from China herself. There is a large cast of characters in this book, but Hood manages to find a place in your heart for each of them. In short a compelling story of sadness mingled with joy and happiness for those who enjoy light, engaging stories.
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About the author (2010)

Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the best-selling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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