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A Fascinating Memoir
on August 13, 2012
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?