Synopses & Reviews
They say Frasquita knows magic, that she is a healer with occult powers, that perhaps she is a sorcerer. She does indeed posses a remarkable gift, one that has been passed down to the women in her family for generations. From rags, off-cuts, and rough fabric she can create gowns and other garments so magnificent, so alive,
that they are capable of masking any kind defect or deformity (and pregnancies!). They bestow a breathtaking and blinding beauty on whoever wears them.
But Fasquita's gift makes others in her small Andalusian village jealous. And to make matters worse, Frasquita is an adulteress (it matters not that her betrayal came at her husband's behest after he gambled on her honor, and lost, at a cock fight). She is hounded and eventually banished from her home. What follows is an extraordinary adventure as she travels across southern Spain all the way to Africa with her five children in tow. Her exile becomes a quest for a better, for herself and her daughters, whom she hopes can escape the ironclad fate of her family of sorcerers., whom she hopes will life for her daughters, one in which the family in an attempt to give her daughters a chance at living another kind of life.
The Threads of the Heart possesses the lyric beauty of a prose poem and the narrative power of a myth.
"If Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Carson MacCullers had had a child together, and if that child had inherited the poetic lyricism of the former and the fine sensibilities of the latter, she would resemble Carole Martinez."
"Carole Martinez interrogates unflinchingly the mystery of human relations, and the games of power between men and women... she refuses to be trapped in "realism,"...she prefers the poetry and the imaginary."
--Evelyne De Martinis, Le Nouvel Observateur 2011