An Invisible Thread by Alex Tresniowski

76%

12 Critic Reviews

For readers seeking an uplifting reminder that small gestures matter.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

An Invisible Thread tells of the life-long friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness.

When Laura Schroff brushed by a young panhandler on a New York City corner one rainy afternoon, something made her stop and turn back. She took the boy to lunch at the McDonald’s across the street that day. And she continued to go back, again and again for the next four years until both their lives had changed dramatically. Nearly thirty years later, that young boy, Maurice, is married and has his own family. Now he works to change the lives of disadvantaged kids, just like the boy he used to be.
     An Invisible Thread is the true story of the bond between a harried sales executive and an eleven-year-old boy who seemed destined for a life of poverty. It is the heartwarming story of a friendship that has spanned three decades and brought meaning to an over-scheduled professional and hope to a hungry and desperate boy living on the streets.
 

About Alex Tresniowski

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Laura Schroff has worked as an advertising sales executive for some of the biggest media companies in the U.S., including Time Warner, USA TODAY, and Condé Nast.Alex Tresniowski is the top human-interest writer at People and has written several books, most notably The Vendetta, which was purchased by Universal Studios and used as a basis for the movie Public Enemies.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Howard Books. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Education & Reference, Parenting & Relationships, Religion & Spirituality, History. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for An Invisible Thread
All: 12 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
on Jul 26 2011

For readers seeking an uplifting reminder that small gestures matter.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Oct 31 2011

As Schroff relates Maurice's story, she tells of her own father's alcoholism and abuse, and readers see how desperately these two need each other in this feel-good story about the far-reaching benefits of kindness.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Oct 31 2011

...feel-good story about the far-reaching benefits of kindness.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Jesse Kornbluth on Feb 16 2012

...good thing for you to read this book. And pass it on. And encourage the next reader to do the same.

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20Something Reads

Good
Reviewed by Jesse Kornbluth on Feb 16 2012

If you understand these ideas, or want to, it would, I think, be a good thing for you to read this book. And pass it on. And encourage the next reader to do the same.

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'Bout Books

Below average
Reviewed by T. Akery on Jan 25 2013

It was a bit too egotistical and self-congratulatory.

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Role Mommy

Good
on Nov 02 2011

While I'm always a sucker for books that make me cry, "An Invisible Thread" managed to achieve a trifecta of tears. Tears began to stream down my cheeks on three separate occasions when author Alex Tresniowski shares what Laura has had to endure in her own life, living in fear from her alcoholic father...

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Good Book Fairy

Above average
Reviewed by Lauren Margolin on Oct 27 2014

I wish this was told together with Maurice as his letter at the end of the book seemed redundant to the story that had already been told. Overall, a feel good story.

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Reviews From The Heart

Good
on Oct 30 2011

Much like the movies, The Blind Side, this novel takes the reader into the journey of what that one encounter did for both of their lives to enhance it and make it more than they ever imagined.

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Novel Chatter

Good
on Oct 27 2014

An Invisible Thread is simply written, clear and true. I wasn't sure what to expect, perhaps that it might be too "heavy" or too embellished, but it was so entertaining and a quick read, that I really did hate to see the last page.

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Anita Books

Above average
Reviewed by needie on Jan 25 2012

So if you are ready for a tearjerker and have plenty of tissues and headache medicine or if you don’t cry when you read books – enjoy!

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Mom of 6

Excellent
on Feb 02 2012

I loved this book because it showed the power in doing one committed thing for an individual. Laura didn’t then go on to try to change the course of homelessness- she simply made a committed difference in one person’s life. And it changed the course of Maurice’s life for forever.

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