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Susan Welch for "A Thread So Fine"

  • Black Dog Café 308 East Prince Street Saint Paul, MN, 55101 United States (map)

Join SubText Books and Susan Welch at Black Dog Café on Saturday, May 4th at 3:00 PM for a reading for Welch’s “A Thread So Fine.” Book signing to follow!

St. Paul, Minnesota, 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, as young women ready to embrace promising futures, Eliza plans for a life of intellectual fulfillment beginning with college at nearby St. Catherine’s, while far simpler hopes for family and happiness occupy Shannon. Instead, the closely-knit sisters endure two life-changing tragedies and their powerful bonds of love and loyalty threaten to break under the weight of trauma and loss, secrets and misunderstandings. One sister leaves, possibly forever. Heartbroken and scarred from a battle with tuberculosis, the other vows to never let go of the invisible thread that runs between them--and in the course of her journey, discovers the true meaning of family.

About Susan Welch:
Susan Welch grew up in Minnesota and Wisconsin with either her nose in a book or her toes in the water.  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, Nell and Miriam are much loved fabrications, layered with imaginings and insights about her cherished mother, her brave birth mother, her beloved mother-in-law, her younger sister, and herself. Susan is a lifelong student of writing;  A Thread So Fine is her first published novel.  She lives with her husband, Bruce in Washington State.

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