Get ready with the tissues because this book is full of big feelings. In this day and age negative race relations is big money as it sells newspapers, has splashy headlines, and evokes strong emotions. Unfortunately the media has seized on the negativity in a way the early yellow journalists manufactured threats, wars, and published rumor as fact. An Invisible Thread is the honest account of two people from two different backgrounds who fill an important hole in one another’s lives and elevate both those lives into something greater.
Laura Schroff was a driven, hard working, self made ad sales rep living her dream in Manhattan. One day as she is walking she comes across a pan handler and walks by. For no apparent reason, she turns around and offers to take him to McDonalds. This was the beginning of a weekly lunch date that went on for years. It was also the beginning of a strange healing. Maurice came from a the kind of broken home that you see on every corner, in every project, in every state. It is the kind of “home” that was never really home at all. Born to parents with limited education and addictions of their own into a cycle of poverty it is a miracle that any child can find any ray of hope. For Maurice, Laura opened a world of schedules, food on the table, chores, free from the heartache that is addiction. Though clearly Maurice’s various caregivers loved him in the ways they could, their own problems were their priorities, not the care of a child. Laura came from her own dysfunctional home filled with fear and violence, in this way she was able to see something in Maurice that was perhaps a reflection of herself. Through Maurice she also confront her own demons and exorcise them in a way. Laura and Maurice didn’t have a perfect relationship, but they made each other better people.
This book was written very simply. You can clearly feel what Laura means and the type of woman she is. She also seeks to validate Maurice and his side of the story, as it were. It isn’t overly ‘deep’ and doesn’t seek to solve all the world’s problems of prescribe theories of this and that. It is the story of love between two people, and to me those are the most moving stories. I would recommend this to a wide variety of people and think it would be a great book club book.