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The Invisible Thread: A Journey Home [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Wallace
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Book Description

The search for self begins
with the loss of self.

The Invisible Thread is a memoir of personal discovery, which will surprise the reader as much as it often surprises the narrator as she unearths events of her life with a voice of cathartic awareness.

The story begins with a young child who is ripped away from a loving home by her biological mother and a mentally ill aunt. As she is driven away, she watches her peaceful life vanish into the distance. Told that her father is dead, they live a life on the lamb, moving ten times in ten years over 4,000 miles. Ensnared in the twists and turns of a disturbing life, she finds herself pitted in a life-and-death struggle, choreographing an impending disaster whose dramatic outcome unwittingly takes her to Ireland and the Invisible Thread of her roots. And this is where the story begins, as the protagonist traverses continents and oceans with a relentless determination that will reunite her with the lost child of her innocence and ultimately reveal the shocking truth.


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I met my father when I was forty. That's usually a showstopper right there. But this isn't about that meeting, not yet; it's about digging myself out of the hole that the absence of a good father creates. Notice that I say a good father, for there are many kinds of fathers. And a bad father is worse than no father at all. That's what my mother often told me and of the truth of that statement I am entirely convinced. (By no means do I diminish the equal importance of a good mother, but recognizing the empty space created by the lack of a good father, I weigh towards the void.) In fact, I am quite certain that a good father could be the salvation of humankind. No kidding. Do men have any idea how important they are in this basic capacity? A good father is everything.
But why would anyone want to read the story of someone they had never heard of? And how could anyone be so egotistical as to think that anyone else would be interested in the ins and outs of another's past? And furthermore, why would anyone want to go back and exhume the ghosts of that past only to be taunted and teased and then have to put them back to rest again? Well believe me, I had no intention of writing this. It never would have happened if I didn't see that little boy on the television. The fact is, I fell into a metaphorical hole and the only way out was to dig, and the only trowel I had was language. And this wasn't my idea. I called a trusted advisor and explained the situation to her, "I don't know what to do, where to go, where to turn."
She said, "You have to start writing down every memory from as far back as you can and don't stop until you arrive at the present moment."
I knew she was right. I knew there was no other way. And so I began to write. I had to begin with the little boy on the television because that's where my exodus began. To enter into the past isn't just story telling, it's becoming--becoming who you were at that point in time, or, who the observer within you was and what was observed. It's like cleaning out the attic; you go into a distant corner and open a box, and within that box is a little world, and within that little world is a construct of people, places and things. The stage is set and comes alive again as the actors begin to move and walk and talk and interact. You describe everything you see and hear and smell and feel. Then, between laughter and tears, you frame each segment and mount it on the wall and go on to the next. Those pictures on the wall become a continuous link, connecting, as it were, one dot to another. If there's a dot missing the story will lack cohesion. And that's where the work begins because without that missing dot, the ones before and after it don't make sense. And without the missing pieces there are holes in our wholeness.
Ultimately, by exposition, there is integration and the realization that it is the circumstances of life that are flawed, not our beings. We can move away from these circumstances because although they happened to us, they are not who we are, they are the unconscious invisible thread that has been passed down from generation to generation. There is, instead, a true core to move towards and we find that we are alive and well beneath invisible layers that can be shed in a journey back to the self.
 

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  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (September 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098M73VA
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Curious Effect June 18, 2012
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"The Invisible Thread - a Journey Home", had a curious effect on me. The narrative of my own childhood is so inexorably interwoven with the author's stories that I couldn't help but relive them. As a member of the eccentric family across the street, I had a front row seat to some of the stories and heard others over the years through letters, phone calls and visits. I cannot pretend to be objective. Although I know these stories as if they were my own, the author has so masterfully retold these tales that I felt myself once again back in a landscape that I never thought I would revisit.
I can indeed attest that the world she recreated was a real one. I remember the fire trucks in the alley, the flashing lights and the smell of burning wood. I remember the gawking neighbors. I remember the gully as foreboding and filled with skunk cabbages, horsetails and blackberry brambles. I remember the tree house and how impressed I was that Beth was so brave and clever to build such a thing. What I didn't understand then were the demons that haunted her. For me the new glimpses into the author's interior self were illuminating. Yet I remember her as far more than the angry rebellious child she looks back upon. I remember that she could also be fun, encouraging and kind.

I was particularly moved by her story of the farmer's donkey. It was in this story that we see her put the well being of another before herself. She recognized that the poor creature was terribly misunderstood and had no advocate. She came to donkey's aid in a fashion that is nothing short of profound. She not only saw to it that he had nutrition, comfort and rest. She saw to it that he was understood and loved. Her description of time itself and of their parting was at once beautiful beyond measure and so heartbreaking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Memoir August 13, 2012
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Elizabeth Wallace's memoir The Invisible Thread : A Journey Home tells the story of a young girl who is ripped away from a loving home by her biological mother and a mentally ill aunt. Young Elizabeth disposes of an extraordinary personal strength and is able to overcome the depressing reality of a vulnerable childhood in the US of the 1950s and 60s by a unique gift of fantasy and intelligence.

And the unbelievable comes true: In spite of the difficult constellation at home and limited financial means, Elizabeth, awakening her seemingly indifferent mother to the reality of her plight, is able to pursue her education in Ireland's dignified Kylemore Abbey and later becomes a pupil of Cork School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London.

It's a great account of in Irish-American career, but The Invisible Thread is much more: a great, sophisticated and warm book of a great writer which can only be paralleled by Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes. In addition, Wallace introduces us into nightmarish and oppressive intimate play of an often ambivalent, always secretive, and ultimately supportive mother and daughter relationship.

The Irish and the Irish community in the US should be extremely interested in this very impressive story. If you read the book you see the move already in your inner eye.
I do see the film already.

Absolutely great! This subtle and complex book is irresistible, and as a reader I am asking myself one question: Has Hollywood called yet?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Courageous Opus July 17, 2013
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I loved The Invisible Thread: A Journey Home. From opening pages to the last, I was completely drawn in, and didn't want my journey as "passenger" with the author to end... Reading Elizabeth Wallace's story was like listening to a beautiful and evocative piece of music: smooth and lyrical, with great dynamic range in emotion. Her writing style is wonderful. This autobiography is powerful, poignant, tragic, and ultimately triumphant. An empathic reader bears witness to a courageous opus, which by virtue of its narrative, becomes Beth's profound path to healing .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a journey to human hearts January 5, 2013
By tata
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Very talented,touching, sensitive, story, written by cultured, clever ,could say musical English language. You never want to stop reading , would like to know more and more about this extraordinary girl ,and her family. Looking forward to read continuing ,as fast as possible. Please, dear writer do not stop ,give a life to the next book. Thank you very much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was good and it was different. April 25, 2013
By Darlene
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It was good and had a surprised ending, Some people have great strength and can roll with the punches. You never know what life is going to present.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring October 5, 2013
By Cathy S
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Inspiring true story that rises above racial boundaries. A story of unconditional love and acceptance. I recommend it to all readers .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Facinating Memoir August 16, 2012
By Ms
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I found myself captivated by the life of Elizabeth Wallace. Her journey from a tumultuous childhood to accomplished artist is one that both saddened me and reminded me of the strength of the human spirit. As mothers we mold and shape our children without conscious thought, and it is up to them to find their true self. Elizabeth uses her life to demonstrate this through effective imagery and wonderful writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read March 18, 2014
By jane
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It was an excellent book, I could not put it down, I read it in 4 days. I also recommended it to all my friends and co workers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Invisible Thread
Liked this book very much. The story of a journey to find oneself was very inspirational and at times heartbreaking. Read more
Published 1 month ago by yiayia
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read into the lives we don't see or understand ...
Interesting read into the lives we don't see or understand ... except in retrospect...and how they form us and help us find our way.
Published 2 months ago by BiblioShaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Reads Like Fiction
This story is captivating, the prose is beautiful. Add a great sense of humor and unpredictable story line,and you have a very excellent read!
Published 5 months ago by L. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Invisible Thread" - A journey home
Author Elizabeth Wallace, in her book, "The Invisible Thread", shares her true-life story. A story of being uprooted as a three year old child from the security of what had been,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by christopher merrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Invisible Thread
Great reading. Never expected to content from the title. Loved every minute. Couldn't put the book down once I began reading it.
Published 13 months ago by cheryl
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished
Enjoyed the book but couldn't believe it came to such a sudden end...if it was an actual book I would have been flipping pages to see where the rest was. Did I miss something?
Published 13 months ago by roseritag
1.0 out of 5 stars purchased 'mystery' book
The book I purchased is not visible on my Kindle. The cover is there so I thought the text would be also but when I tried to read, there are only headings with the title. No text.
Published 17 months ago by Linda Tomppert
1.0 out of 5 stars The Invisible Story
Again, a book with trumped up reviews for a nothing story. This is a book about a spoiled rotten child who is screaming for attention. There is no abuse. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Little ol me
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good
An easy read, a book I read while travelling, interesting enough for me to endure a long flight and stop overs at airports. Read more
Published 18 months ago by SandraLee
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More About the Author

Who's Who In America, Graduate of London's Royal Academy of Music, Ireland's Hibernian Academy of Art, Opera singer, Artist/illustrator, Registered Nurse, Reiki Healer, Guild of Boston Artists, Copley Society of Art, Sales representative of the Steinway piano, owner of Allegro Piano Service.

Present: prize-winning portrait artist, piano and voice teacher, RN, Reiki healer.
Past: opera singer in Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Ireland, and Boston.

BOOKS:
"The Invisible Thread: A Journey Home" available 10/2011
The Invisible Thread is a journey of personal discovery, which will surprise the reader as much as it often surprises the narrator as she unearths events of her life with a voice of cathartic awareness. The story begins with a young child who is ripped away from a loving home and driven away as she watches her peaceful life vanish into the distance. Told that her father is dead, they live a life on the lam, moving ten times in ten years over 4,000 miles. Ensnared in the twists and turns of a disturbing life, she finds herself pitted in a life-and-death struggle, choreographing an impending disaster whose dramatic outcome unwittingly takes her to Ireland and the Invisible Thread of her roots. And this is where the story begins, as the protagonist traverses continents and oceans with a relentless determination that will reunite her with the lost child of her innocence and ultimately reveal the shocking truth.

This is a story of becoming, through the process of understanding our uniqueness in a multi-generational tie to the "invisible threads" of what have made us who we are and the varied circumstances that allow us to make choices as we evolve into who we want to be.

"Jesus Christ In His Own Words" available 12/2009
470 quotes of Jesus divided into 27 chapters relative to the human condition: Relationship to God, to self, to one another, anxiety, war, crisis, women, love, truth, leaders, hypocrisy, judgment, etc. Originally published in 1970 by The Catholic Truth Society of London, (now out of print.) In this illustrated edition the 350 quotes of the original are enriched with 130 quotes of Jesus from the Gnostic Gospels of Thomas, Philip, Mary Magdalene, and Judas.
A sample of the art can be viewed on the book's Amazon page.

"The Invisible Thread: A Journey Home," in publication; a story of becoming, through the process of understanding our uniqueness in a multi-generational tie to the "invisible threads" of what have made us who we are and the varied circumstances that allow us to make choices as we evolve into who we want to be.

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