Are you one of those Friday night novel lovers looking for a good realistic, but juicy story? A Fragile Thread is about multiple members of a family which are all slightly hanging, but end up tied together in a beautiful tapestry. This includes some shalom bayis trouble, financial pressure, shidduchim, high school, special needs and fertility issues spread throughout the various characters.
Judging the Book by its Cover - a first glance review:
The cover is excellent. It has a house with a canvas of thin threads over it. The idea is that things are strained until the very last strand and are not quite staying together.
Some Details I Liked:
I loved the characters and the issues. It is always fun to be able to relate to characters, but in this book I could almost hear the characters speaking. There is one scene in a supermarket and it is described so well that I totally visualized it as I was reading.
This book is great for someone looking for a modern day novel which mentions email scams and the “ayin hara lady” as details in the subplots.
Who This Book Isn’t For:
A few words of caution. This book definitely goes into detail about struggles between spouses. It also speaks about making the right life decisions with daas Torah’s approval. I personally thought both were great and written in very good taste, but I understand that not everyone would.
What I Didn’t Like/Would Have Made it Better:
I felt a little sad for the parents and would have enjoyed reading more from their perspectives.
A Fragile Thread is a splendid Yael Mermelstein novel and it was a pleasure to review it.
I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it, but that it no way changed the way I read it and reviewed it.