The Red Thread by Ann Hood
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The new bestseller from the author of The Knitting Circle: “Is there anyone who can write about the connections between ordinary people as well as Ann Hood does?”—Jodi Picoult

“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.

About Ann Hood

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Ann Hood ( lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Scott Altmann ( lives in Levittown, New York.
Published March 18, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 313 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The title of Ann Hood's new novel derives from a Chinese belief that a red thread ties children to all the people who will play a part in their lives.

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Los Angeles Times

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A woman who places Chinese babies with adoptive parents in the U.S. is fueled by a pain that the author knows too well in real life.

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The Washington Post

While there are implications here that a mother who has lost a baby may adopt one who has lost a mother, or that a little girl might gain a baby sister because another little girl has lost a baby sister, there is no indication that these children were ever unwanted by their biological mothers.

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The Bookbag

Summary: An exceptional book, well written and beautifully crafted, that looks at how adopting from China can tug the heartstrings of parents on both sides.

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Oregon Live

There is an invisible, silken red thread of destiny, she says, that is born with each child and magically links each baby's soul with all the people who will be part of this new life.

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The fish costs her one of her coins and even though others in the village warn her not to believe the man, she happily brings her new fish home.When her parents return from the fields, her mother is shocked and disappointed that Minli wasted her coin.

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