Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads

Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads

by S.R. Mallery


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ISBN-13: 9781511529242
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2015
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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.

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Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic group of short stories about sewing of different kinds that are actually part of a larger story. There are 11 of them and each is more interesting than the last. I liked reading each one. There are stories about quilts that ended up saving lives, there is a story about someone who is saved because she can sew. The stories are so well thought out that I was swept up in each of the stories,I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review and these are all my opinions.
AvidReader2015 More than 1 year ago
At first glance, the title SEWING CAN BE DANGEROUS may seem innocently humorous, but when you look into what inspired it, you realize that the collection revolves around a serious issue. The author’s father told her all about the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911.  According to him, not only was that day horrific—over 140 young women’s lives were lost—but how important that event was because of the building codes that were changed after that. Riveted by the fate of those hapless immigrant girls, Sarah Mallery set out to flesh out, in her sensual style, her vision of the event, in the short story by that name. “By nightfall the fire has subsided, leaving glowing embers and assuring the firemen of an end in sight. But along with their relief came the dreaded job of scouting for more girls inside the building, and as the searchlight crisscrossed up towards the hollowed floors, an even more gruesome sight was revealed…” This is historical fiction at its best, where the research into the subject matter enriches the writing without hindering the way you engage with the characters. This is the case with every story of the eleven stories in this collection, with every page, every paragraph: it inspires you to experience the plight of the characters as if you are there with them, and at the same time delight in the beauty of the language. My favorite muse is the muse of literature. Spinning tales takes a fine thread, and skill in sewing. It can be dangerous. Five stars.
ChristophFischer More than 1 year ago
“Sewing can be Dangerous and other Small Threads” by S.R. Mallery is a patchwork of well-crafted short stories, all of which have great stories and characters at their centre: We meet a Jewish girl who is less respected by her father than she was by the Russians she fled from at the turn of the 20th century and we read about a century long curse that needs to be broken, about Jews hoping to escape Nazi Germany, hopeful surgeons, ex-slaves and history professors to name half of them. Mallery takes us through the centuries and continents with ease and confidence, giving those mostly historical pieces with a sewing connection as thread each a very authentic feel.  In my view every one of those stories could stand alone, there are no fillers, and they also have each enough substance for an entire novel if the author chose to write them.   Moving, engaging and powerful - the core of this collection is superb and so is its prose. These stories are sure to stay with you long after you finished them. This is great historical story telling.