The Red Thread: Book summary and reviews of The Red Thread by Ann Hood

The Red Thread

A Novel

by Ann Hood

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“In China there is a belief that people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. Who is at the end of your red thread?”

After losing her infant daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens The Red Thread, an adoption agency that specializes in placing baby girls from China with American families. Maya finds some comfort in her work, until a group of six couples share their personal stories of their desire for a child. Their painful and courageous journey toward adoption forces her to confront the lost daughter of her past. Brilliantly braiding together the stories of Chinese birth mothers who give up their daughters, Ann Hood writes a moving and beautifully told novel of fate and the red thread that binds these characters’ lives.

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"Hood's sensitive depiction of her characters' hopes and fears makes for a moving story of dedication, forgiveness, and love." - Publishers Weekly

"[P]art soap opera, part enlightening look at contemporary adoptions, and an altogether entertaining read." - Donna Seaman, Booklist

"Hood offers a thoughtful novel about the yearning for a child that's primed to be a book club pick." - Library Journal

"The raw and riveting Chinese stories siphon narrative juice from the more conventional American angst that dominates the novel." - Kirkus Reviews

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Louise J

Awesome Read!
The Red Thread contained a lot of characters which sometimes can become confusing, but Ms. Hood laid the story out so well that the characters were easy to keep separated in your mind.

The story is about several families who want to adopt Chinese babies with the help of ‘The Red Thread Adoption Agency’. There were so many heart-tugging moments and Ms. Hood included part of her own life. Unfortunately, she lost her own five-year-old daughter, Grace.

All of the couples involved were unable to conceive except one. She previously had a biological child born with Fragile X syndrome and didn’t want to chance birthing a second child with Fragile X.

The deep desire in these couple’s hearts is a thread that connects too many people. This book was an awesome read!

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Ann Hood Author Biography

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Ann Hood is the author of over a dozen novels, including the bestsellers The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer, The Book That Matters Most, and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine; and several memoirs, including the bestsellers Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love and Food and Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was named one of the top ten books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. Also, Fly Girl, a memoir about her years as a TWA flight attendant (May 2022).

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