June 12, 2012

A Slender Thread by Katharine Davis

A Slender Thread

This is not what I thought it was going to be. I expected a more crafty type of book, still, this one had some pretty powerful themes and messages going on. And it did pull you in.

Margot is an artist that works in a gallery, having given up her own art. Her older sister Lacey has settled down, had twin girls, and is a weaver and teacher. But when Lacey is diagnosed with a progressive illness their lives change. This illness will take away Lacey's speech, and her capacity for understanding language, and she's already showing numerous symptoms. Margot is torn between wanting to help her sister, who has always been there for her, and her relationship with Oliver, a man she's been seeing for awhile and who's a temperamental artist himself. Not to mention Lacey's husband Alex has become very needy, and he and Margot have some history. Add in the twin daughters Toni and Wink and their assorted issues with graduating high school and getting ready to go to college and the family has found themselves very out of sorts in a time where they just want everything to be normal.

I like Margot. I think she's got a mind of her own and she's learned not to let anybody push her around. That being said she does tend to be overly dramatic and gets sucked in by other peoples problems sometimes. It's like she never gets any rest. Lacey, because she is the sister losing her speech, I didn't feel as attached too. We only get a few glimpses into her personality really and it just makes it hard to relate. Sure I felt sorry for her, but it was a detached sort of sorrow. I did like the twins, Wink and Toni, they seemed to be the most realistic of all the characters. Alex and Oliver, the men of the novel put in a poor showing as they both seemed very ego-centric. Which I thought a little unfair since they were the main representation of the male characters in the book.

Since I thought this was going to be a more craft-centered book judging by the cover and title, I was a little disappointed at how little weaving actually played into the book. Each chapter had a little line about weaving, and occasionally it mentioned Lacey's projects. But that was it. The main focus of the book was rather the “slender thread” between the two sisters and their relationship growing up through the years. But there was a lot of drama in this book. I did think that some of the relationships seemed a little unrealistic, especially Margot's and Oliver's. They just didn't seem well suited to each other even though the book tried to convince you that they were. And the ending of the book was just a little too neatly tied up for my tastes.

A sad read but it does have a lot of emotion. Not a bad one if you're into a book that's mainly about characters and their relationships.

A Slender Thread
Copyright 2010
321 pages

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