Item description for The Unraveling Thread by Priscilla Cogan...
The Unraveling Thread tells the story of a family exploding in crisis. Harriet McWhinnie, a divorced but successful career woman, arrives home to discover that yet another Agency person has fled, leaving behind Harriet's sweet but demented mother, her adolescent twin girls, one psychotic with an undiagnosed genetic disorder, the other rebellious and resentful of her disabled sibling, a little five year old boy yearning for the return of his father, and an hyperactive dog who drives everyone crazy. Desperate, Harriet hires a middle-aged, Native American woman, Agatha, with no references, no address, and a past steeped in mystery. Stern but loving, Agatha forces each family member to work through their issues with honesty and dignity while hiding from her own grief. In the end, the story's memorable characters each learn how to pick up the threads of both love and self respect that will pull them out into the harsh world and then lead them back home.
This story is the first time that the relatively common, but severely under-diagnosed chromosomal disorder, Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, has ever appeared in fiction. As typical of Dr. Cogan's previous novels, the clash of the Anglo and Native American cultures casts a different light on the issues facing many American families. The story of a career woman, caught in the sandwich generation, taking care of both her parent and her children, is one that will resonate with many readers, as will the story of a family overwhelmed with medical problems. It is the kind of page-turning novel which will tug on the reader's heart.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2008
Publisher Two Canoes Press
ISBN 1929590113 ISBN13 9781929590117
Availability 0 units.
More About Priscilla Cogan
Cogan is a Clinical Psychologist of Irish-American descent, and a practitioner of pipe and sweat-lodge ceremonies.
Priscilla Cogan currently resides in Boston, in the state of Massachusetts. Priscilla Cogan was born in 1947.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Unraveling Thread?
a good story of family trials and triumphs Jul 20, 2008
Priscilla Cogan tells a great story of a 'normal' disfunctional family. I loved the mystery of the new nanny, watching her growing relationship with each family member and how she helped each individual to become the best person they could be. She pulled in Native American spirituality respectfully, and effectively incorporated the family dog as one of the main characters. Her audience could be teenagers or middle aged women, it works well for both. She pulled in physical issues and personality issues that a wide variety of people can relate to. Lessons were taught subtly, and I think it could help families with difficulties learn to cope in a different way. I thought the book was written creatively, and the story was sound. It was pretty simplistic and a little too fast-moving. It could have been developed a bit more to allow the reader to be really sucked into the family. The only thing that was distracting was the editing. There were too many missing/wrong words and grammatical errors. If there is a second printing, hopefully these will be corrected. Overall, a good book worth recommending.
A Great read! Jun 30, 2008
Once again Priscilla Cogan has kept me up late at night while I was glued to the pages of her latest novel. The characters are interesting, entertaining and leave me wanting to know where they are today...
Great Book Jun 23, 2008
I am a fan of Priscilla Cogan's books. I also enjoyed her trilogy of Winona's Web, Compass of the Heart, Crack of Dusk Crook of Dawn. In The Unraveling Thread, Cogan captivates you from the start. Each character have their own story and yet they are all intertwined into a larger picture. Any woman who has struggled to raise their children, even in the best of circumstances, will love and be inspired by the triumphs and struggles her character endures with humor and grace under fire. It also brings to light the sometimes lonely struggles endured by families and loved ones who cherish and nurture a disabled child.
The Unraveling Thread Jun 5, 2008
This is the 5th book I've read by Priscilla Cogan, and typically another real page turner. She has a way of creating characters that you feel you know personally by the time you finish the book. I hope she decides to make this into a trilogy as she did with Winona's Web, Compass of the Heart and Crack at Dusk Crook of Dawn. With each book, she continually evokes in the reader feelings of joy, sadness, pain, humor. I look forward to more of her books!