Recently I picked up a random book that I had never heard of before. I like to do that from time to time; just grab a book and read it. Sometimes I read a book that everybody else seems to just love and I don’t really like it. I’m expecting it to be good and I’m highly disappointed. However, when I read a book I’ve never heard anything about then I don’t have anything to compare it to. And usually I end up really enjoying the book. Such as the case with An Invisible Thread.
An Invisible Thread is the true story of an 11-year old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny.
Laura Schroff was a successful sales rep in Manhattan who happened to come across Maurice, a homeless 11-year old panhandling on the streets. He asked for money, she offered to take him to lunch instead. They started meeting for lunch every Monday for years.
Throughout the book you get to learn about the pasts of both Laura and Maurice. We see how Maurice’s family is highly dependent on drugs to survive. We see how Laura and her siblings were terrified of their father’s drunken rages. We get to see the bond created between Laura and Maurice and how close they became.
An Invisible Thread is a very heartwarming story. It made me laugh and cry. I really did not want to put it down. It was like reading fiction, only it’s real life. I was so surprised at how Maurice’s own mother behaved. She was in and out of his life and he seemed to care for her and love her no matter what.
Laura eventually got married and moved further away from her Manhattan apartment. I did not like her husband at all because he didn’t want Maurice in their home. He caused Laura to miss both Thanksgiving and Christmas with Maurice, something she had not done since meeting him. I was surprised that she continued their relationship after finding out that bit of information. I felt like she sort of abandoned Maurice and I’m sure he felt that way, too.
I also did not like that Laura Schroff wrote the book with Alex Tresniowski and not Maurice. I thought it would have been better if he would have written it with her. Maurice does write the epilogue, however. Tresniowski is a senior writer for People magazine, so maybe she just needed an excellent writer to help tell her story.
Another plus of the book is that a portion of the royalties will be donated to No Kid Hungry.
Overall I really enjoyed the book, but there were small pieces that bothered me. If you would like to read this heartwarming story, here is the link: An Invisible Thread.
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