What a beautiful, beautiful story! I can’t remember ever reading a book all the way through to the acknowledgments. I even went as far as to Google images of the characters, wanting to see what these two inspiring people actually looked like.
An Invisible Thread is the story of a successful, albeit lonely, woman who befriends an 11-year-old boy asking for spare change. One spontaneous trip to Mc. Donald’s changes these two forever. Laurie becomes a stable figure for Maurice, a kid who knows nothing outside the world of poverty, drugs, violence and neglect.
A mother without a child and a child without a proper mother are brought together by fate to commence a beautiful, unexpected friendship. The beginning of their relationship becomes the single most important event in both of their lives.
I cried … a lot. I cried because of the horrible descriptions of the life Maurice was forced to live in. I cried because of the jaded past and present emptiness Laurie was forced to live with. I cried because they grew to love each other in a way that only a mother and son can. (sigh) This has been on my “to read” list for a long time, and I’m happy that I finally got around to it. Again, the story is beautiful! Pick it up if you’re in the mood for a (sort-of) feel-good, true story.