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Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads Paperback – December 16, 2013

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About the Author

S.R. Mallery has worn various hats in her life.First, a classical/pop singer/composer, she moved on to the professional world of production art and calligraphy. Next came a long career as an award winning quilt artist/teacher and an ESL/Reading instructor. Her short stories have been published in descant 2008, Snowy Egret, Transcendent Visions, The Storyteller, and Down In the Dirt. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Mockingbird Lane Press (December 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989310574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989310574
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,648,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2014
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Master story-teller Sarah Mallery cross-stitches a priceless quilt of life's long journey. Every patch she adds is a colorful short story, as the reader is taken through a time machine, while traveling around the world, as we witness cherished memories of years gone by.

The intriguing stories are weaved with historical events and settings, symbolic of precious moments in time. The author has the creative ability not only to entertain, but to reach out and touch the heart of the reader. Each story will make you think about unique characters, who come to life.

Some will make you laugh, and others will make you cry. When this extraordinary, elegant collection of short stories is completed, a beautiful quilt is made, and an impressive book is born. Sarah Mallery tells the stories as good as Tom Hanks does in Forrest Gump, where she has your undivided attention, until the final curtains close. "SEWING CAN BE DANGEROUS AND OTHER SMALL THREADS" is captivating, engaging, refreshing, and powerfully moving. Highly recommended!
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'Sewing Can Be Dangerous' was a purchase on a whim because I liked the sound of the blurb and the other reviews. What I got between the covers proved to be a seriously great read - wide variety and depth, all drawn together by a common theme. The author has that rare knack of grabbing the reader and immersing them in a different time and place, giving just enough detail to lead and yet leaving plenty of scope so as not to overwhelm. I found myself picturing the scenes in three-dimensional colour, as though they were my own memories or experience - and that has to be a good sign! The characters are fleshed out nicely and the action is intriguing and inclusive - I found myself wanting to know what happened next to all of them. The writiing moves at just the right pace (for my mind, anyway) to keep me flicking pages, one step behind and wondering. The formatting of the ebook is perfect, and you won't find yourself stumbling over any grammatical errors - this is a book that welcomes and entertains, and I can wholeheartedly recommend it.
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To start with, it is extremely difficult to describe something you really like and enjoy. Mallery's short stories are like jewels encrusted on a deeply cherished 'tapestry' of ingrained memories, implied symbolism, deep feelings and life-changing experiences.
Her style of narration is so rich, all-embracing and enthralling that the reader would inevitably relive all the plots, immerse into the setting of each story, feel all the emotions of the characters and empathize with them, to say the least.
Undeniably outstanding talent, remarkable writing and memorable prose with lots to think about, ponder and decipher.
A book you will surely love!
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Once again, Ms. Mallery delivers some of the best writing it's ever been my pleasure to read! She is quite simply a master story- teller. Each of the eleven stories not only stands on its own, each one evokes a different response from the reader. I suppose in any short story collection there are a couple of them that will stay with you. I will never forget Lettie's Tale or Nightmare at Four Corners. There is an attention to research that brings the stories alive. Lyla's Summers of Love and Lettie's Tale are about as diverse as one can get, yet the artist creates ambiences that are so particular to each story, the reader becomes part of each one.

I enjoyed Ms. Mallery's first book, Unexpected Gifts, so much that I was almost hesitant to read this one, fearing disappointment. Not only was i not disappointed, I stood once again in amazement at the storytelling abilities of in my mind, one of the best contemporary writers around. Thanks for giving so much pleasure!
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Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads by S. R. Mallery is an extraordinary collection of 11 short stories with a common ‘thread’, sewing and allied crafts. The stories have an incredible breadth, not only because of the variety of the plots (and they are all very different) but also because of their well-researched and vivid historical settings, and their diverse genres. We go from immigrants in early XX century America, to the slavery period, from mid-Western pioneers, to the Salem witch trials, from the Zodiac serial killer in San Francisco, to a quilting teacher turned sleuth in a cruise, from the Germany of the Nazi era to modern time Native American reservations and everywhere in between. I’m not an expert in quilting (although I’ve always wanted to learn, now even more after reading the book) but this book is a quilt of stories, where each piece and patch brings its own memories to create a complex design, not a crazy quilt but something more than the sum of its parts.
At the heart of the stories are the women, who might use their skills to make a living, to survive and create a better future for those they look after, to express their artistry, to pass on cultural and spiritual traditions, to get revenge, to escape, to fight… Because it’s not only the big gestures that make the society we live in, but each small stich is a piece of the puzzle that is life.
S. R. Mallery brings to life a fantastic array of characters and recreates vividly the historical periods where the stories are set. The reader gets dragged into the moment and shares with the protagonists their unique experiences. If I had to choose one I’d go with ‘Precious Gifts’ that I loved and took me completely by surprise.
I recommend this collection to everybody, whichever your genre of preference, no matter if you like sewing or not. Go and read it. You’ll be amazed and feel better for it.
I was offered a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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