AIA Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of A Thread So Fine by Susan Welch. This is an excellent book for those who enjoy historical fiction from the mid twentieth century, and for readers of women’s fiction.
It’s available in ebook and paperback.
No love is as safe as that of an inseparable sister; no hurt as deep as when she leaves without a trace.
St. Paul, MN, 1946: As little girls, the Malone sisters relied on each other for companionship and affection as their mother remained distant, beating back the demons of her own mysterious childhood. Now young women, the closely-knit sisters endure separate tragedies that threaten to tear them apart. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, Shannon undergoes a life-saving hysterectomy while Eliza suffers a shameful, unexplained pregnancy. Eliza delivers and relinquishes a baby girl, and quickly leaves home—perhaps forever—taking her secrets with her. Broken-hearted, Shannon vows to hold onto the invisible thread of sisterhood, certain it will eventually bring Eliza back.
What Readers Are Saying
“Inseparable sisters, Shannon and Eliza, are warmly memorable characters. I found myself immersed in their lives as if they were my own family. Set in the 1940s, this premier novel tells the tale of each sister’s wildly different dreams for her future, yet one braces for heartache knowing dreams can’t all come true. The story of Shannon’s love for Eliza and the invisible thread she believes will bring her home weaves historical events of immense interest: life-threatening tuberculosis treatments, family abandonment over shame and the tightly guarded secrecy for victimized women, to name just a few. Welch as a first-time author shines as the story teller of this vivid depiction of post-war life in St. Paul, Minnesota and Ithaca, NY—reminding the reader of a more genteel world, although a world still fraught with social challenges and turmoil that persist today. This book is a gem!” Dr. Angela Eilers
About the Author
Susan Welch grew up in Minnesota and Wisconsin with either her nose in a book or her toes in the water. After graduating with a Masters in International Management from AGSIM-Thunderbird, she spent fifteen years traveling the world on a work expense account, which gave her a treasured perspective both on cultural diversity and on the opportunities she might discover for learning, giving and growing. She now works for a company focused on regional agriculture, new technologies, and craft brewing.
Always a writer, Susan often attempts to solve her problems in third person, creating fictionalized versions of herself and the main characters in her life—mostly in her head, but sometimes on paper. Nearly a decade ago, in the days after discovering her own adoption story for the first time, she turned to her imagination to trick her reeling mind so she could get a good night’s sleep. A Thread So Fine was born of those creative threads weaving into nocturnal dreams as she struggled to re-write the beginning of her own life story. Shannon and Eliza are much loved fabrications, layered with truths and insights about her cherished mother, her brave birth mother, her beloved mother-in-law, her baby sister, and herself.
Find out more at http://www.susanwelch-author.com