The Unraveling Thread

The Unraveling Thread

by Priscilla Cogan
     
 

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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

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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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As a reader I loved the clever plot; as a writer I reveled in the music of the words (walk in soft moccasins. I know where I put feet.); as a Christian, I could identify with each character's battle for faith--in themselves and in something beyond themselves. Best of all, Priscilla Cogan wraps the story around life's most important truth: it's all about love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781929590117
Publisher:
Two Canoes Press
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Pages:
251
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Priscilla Cogan, Ph.D. is a novelist, screenwriter, play write, psychologist and a practitioner of Native American ceremonies. For many years, she and her Cherokee husband have taught workshops in cross-cultural healing practices and Native American beliefs. As far as she knows, this is the first time that Velo-Cardio-Facial syndrome has appeared in a work of fiction. Despite the depiction of the dog in this novel, she dearly loves her two Shelties.

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