“An Invisible Thread” by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski is a wonderful book. It’s the true story of a newspaper ad sales rep and an eleven-year-old panhandler who meet one evening in downtown Manhattan. Maurice is an African–American boy begging for change to buy food; and Laura is a successful career woman. Miss Laurie, as Maurice soon calls her, decides not to give this child money, but decides instead to take him to dinner. That dinner is the first of many. These two unlikely people become friends. Maurice is living a life of unequaled squalor in a houseful of drug addicts, dealers and gang members. He doesn’t know any other life so the life that Miss Laurie introduces him to is one that he is in awe of. He learns valuable lessons from their time spent together. She invites him to her family celebrations, but he tries to keep her from anything that is his life. Not only is this a feel-good story, it shows just what can happen to a child from the ghetto if given a chance to see how it is in the rest of the world. It was refreshing to see that the ties that bound these two people together continued until Maurice was grown, married and with a family of his own. It was a story of destitution, misery, and despair on the part of Maurice at the beginning, but it was also a story of hope. Maurice was given a chance by Miss Laurie, a chance to see that he could break the bonds of homelessness and hopelessness. It was a story of courage, the courage of Laura to take on a boy like Maurice. It was also a story of courage for Maurice, courage to go beyond what he knew and to take a chance and get out of an intolerable situation and make something good of himself.
You will not regret reading this book. It is inspirational and heart-warming.
I received a free Kindle copy of this book for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.