Giveaway of: An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff & Alex Tresniowski

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Excuse me lady, do you have any spare change? I am hungry.

When I heard him, I didn't really hear him. His words were part of the clat­ter, like a car horn or some­one yelling for a cab. They were, you could say, just noise-the kind of nui­sance New York­ers learn to tune out. So I walked right by him, as if he wasn't there. 

But then, just a few yards past him, I stopped. 

And then and I'm still not sure why I did this-I came back.

When Laura Schroff first met Mau­rice on a New York City street cor­ner, she had no idea that she was stand­ing on the brink of an incred­i­ble and unlikely friend­ship that would inevitably change both their lives. As one lunch at McDonald’s with Mau­rice turns into two, then into a weekly occur­rence, Laura learns heart-wrenching details about Maurice’s hor­rific childhood.

Sprin­kled through­out the book is also Laura’s own story of her tur­bu­lent child­hood. Every now and then, some­thing about Maurice's strug­gles reminds her of her past, how her father’s alcohol-induced rages shaped the per­son she became and, in a way, led her to Maurice.

As their friend­ship grows, Laura offers Mau­rice sim­ple expe­ri­ences he comes to trea­sure: learn­ing how to set a table, trim­ming a Christ­mas tree, vis­it­ing her nieces and nephew on Long Island, and even hav­ing home­made lunches to bring to school.

An Invis­i­ble Thread is the heart­warm­ing story of a friend­ship that has spanned thirty years and brought life to an over-scheduled pro­fes­sional and hope to a hun­gry and des­per­ate boy.

An Invis­i­ble Thread from UMBRASOLUTIONS on Vimeo.

–A Q&A with Laura Schroff:
–A read­ing guide:
–More praise:

Addi­tion­ally, read­ers can “share their threads” at


  • Give­away ends: Feb­ru­ary 20, 2012

  • US/Canada Ship­ping Addresses Only

  • No PO Boxes

  • Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked

Congratulations:mittens0831@, sweet_ophelia@, sabi.aligator@

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