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The Red Threadby Ann Hood
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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.
"In her engaging new tearjerker, Hood (The Knitting Circle) follows several families as they attempt to adopt daughters from China. Holding down the center is Maya Lange, who, as head of the Red Thread Adoption Agency, is the prospective parents' guide through the adoption process. Childless Maya is driven by a desire to make amends for a tragic accident in her past, though her clients have their own share of heartbreak — miscarriages and infertility — and, predictably, the expectations and reservations about parenthood that they confide to Maya are shaped by a host of personal issues. In a nod to Hood's last novel, several women knit to calm their nerves as they await their new daughters. Meanwhile, Maya, also a knitter, takes painful steps toward letting go of the past. The individual arcs are woven together beautifully, though the interspersed tales of how the Chinese children came to be abandoned tend to clutter more than add. Regardless, Hood's sensitive depiction of her characters' hopes and fears makes for a moving story of dedication, forgiveness, and love." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Is there anyone who can write about the connections between ordinary people as well as Ann Hood does? Her latest, The Red Thread, is a beautifully rendered piece of art—a tapestry of the complicated ties between mothers and children; an invitation to journey through the grief and wonder of the joy of adoption. Believe me, it's a trip you won't want to miss." Jodi Picoult, New York Times best-selling author of House Rules and Handle with Care
"The threads come together, the past is left behind, and all of these lives, however compromised, can begin anew. This is a subtle and unusual adoption story, many-layered, exquisitely told." Washington Post
"Comfort for the frayed heart is Hood's specialty.... Yet the stories of the Chinese families continue to haunt this reader, far longer than those of the happy Americans." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"The tone here is somber, but in the end these parents are transformed by the healing journeys they have made. Hood offers a thoughtful novel about the yearning for a child." Library Journal
From the bestselling author of The Knitting Circle comes a reflection on a mother's powerful journey from loss to love.
From the best-selling author of , a mother's powerful journey from loss to love.
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About the Author
Ann Hood is the author of ten books, including An Ornithologist's Guide to Life, The Knitting Circle, and Comfort. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, Tin House, O, and elsewhere. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
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