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A Measured Thread

A Measured Thread

by Mary Behan


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Fifty years is a long time to keep a secret.

Looking back on her life, Maggie O’Connor is rightfully pleased. Fifty years ago she left Ireland with a single suitcase and a dream. After long and satisfying career, she is enjoying retirement on her farm in rural Wisconsin — until she falls.

Determined to regain her independence, she hires Isobel, a young woman who is also an emigrant. Helping Maggie clean house, Isobel finds a cache of letters that Maggie wrote to her parents those many years ago and begins to read them aloud to Maggie.

But the letters contain a secret, one that Maggie has kept for fifty years. A secret that threatens to destroy her life and that of the people around her. With little time left, she must make a choice — give up, or face her past.

A Measured Thread is a powerful story that explores questions of guilt, abandonment, redemption, and the consequences of the choices we make.

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ISBN-13: 9781734494303
Publisher: Mary Behan
Publication date: 04/17/2020
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

8. MARY BEHAN was formerly a professor of neuroscience. Now retired from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she devotes her time to writing fiction, memoir and short stories. Her first book, Abby Girls, is a memoir she wrote with her sister, Valarie Behan, about their childhood in Ireland. She lives with her husband in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin in a log cabin overlooking a tall grass prairie. Visit her at

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