When I was growing up, we weren’t allowed to cry. I take that back, where I grew up, I wasn’t allowed to cry. It was a serious breach of policy. Crying for any reason meant risking being called a name, threatened to be given a “reason” to cry, or all out ridicule. This lesson was instilled in me by the time I was 7 years old.
So, as an adult, I still don’t cry. I’ve leaked a tear here or there, but even that is done in private and never talked about. As any adult in recovery though, I’m re-learning that it’s okay to cry; healthy even. Let it out, already! All those negative emotions or even tears of joy do a person no good all locked up inside of oneself.
Might I suggest that if you too are in the process of re-learning how to cry that you pick up the book An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski. Not only will trying to say Alex’s name out loud bring about some tears, but this book is stock full of opportunities to cry.
First, you have the story. A heartfelt chronicle of how two unlikely friends (a business woman and an 11 year old panhandler) meet and the deep connection that grows between them until they are like mother and son. When Laura and Maurice meet it’s as if the stars align in the skies knowing that something magical is going to happen.
Of course, we already know that because the cover of the book gives it away in the description “an unlikely meeting with destiny.” Isn’t that poetic? Even though you know from reading the cover that destiny is involved, it’s important to start turning this 231 page book. You’ll meet Laura and Maurice and get to know them, as individuals and as friends.
The second way this book gives opportunity to learn how to cry is through the sheer desperation of the character’s experiences. Have you ever been poor? Was one or both of your parents’ addicts or drug dealers? Did you live a life of fear? If so, be aware that this book might trigger some of the emotions that come with growing up like this. Although the reader gets an indication this might cause triggers (e.g. the boy is a panhandler), be sure you are prepared to face those demons with young Maurice. The authors give the reader an up close and personal look at what it’s like to grow up in destitution.
Finally, An Invisible Thread gives readers a chance to practice crying through the flawlessness with which it was written. I have read many books in my lifetime and been caught frustrated by the typos and mistakes in them. Granted, I know that no one is perfect and these things happen, but it can still be annoying. But, this book…flawless. The transition scenes are spot on. The dialogue is beautifully written. The pace of the story is brilliant. It is worth the read for that alone.
I read An Invisible Thread on a flight from Portland to Orlando. Never have I been less aware that people were around me as I read. This book hooked me from the cover, allowed me to practice crying (in front of people!), and will remain a staple on my bookshelf for years to come. It’s a 5 star read and if you haven’t read it, I challenge you to pick it up, clear your calendar for the day, and sink into the true story of Laura and Maurice.