Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The Invisible Thread - Schroff

*This book was an advanced reading copy sent to me, free of charge, for my honest review and opinion.  All comments in this review are the honest opinion of the blogger.

The Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff tells of how a passing request for spare change from a homeless kid sparked a decades long friendship and changed two lives significantly. 

When Laura Schroff first saw Maurice on a New York City street, she had no idea that her life was about too change. Maurice, an eleven year old African American boy, asked Schroff, a Caucasian advertising executive, for some spare change. He was hungry. 

And she kept walking. 

She was so used to such events, he barely registered. But something stopped her. She turned in the middle of the street and went back.  She took the boy for McDonald's that week, and the next. Soon the meal was a weekly meeting. Slowly, the meal visit soon became ball games and home visits and before soon the two were intrinsically linked, as if by some Invisible Thread.

As Schroff learned more about Maurice and his home life, his entire family is entrenched in drugs, poverty and homelessness, and Maurice discovered Schroff's alternative lifestyle, where families sit down for dinner together at a table and actually speak to one another about their days, both of their lives were changed forever.  Their friendship deepened, despite the boy's family's initial distrust of Schroff, the instability of Maurice's living situation, and his ultimate need to face his fast approaching adulthood/manhood on his own.

When time has passed, the two find that that Thread is longer and deeper than they could have imagined.

This is a really nice memoir of Schroff's experiences and leaves you feeling that if we could all just be a little more opened and loving, like Schroff, the world just might be a different place to live.

The book is fairly short, though, and I was left wishing it had been longer, more in depth.

Definitely worth the read!

4/5- Great. Push it on your friends and family.
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