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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,615 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Hood Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538464724
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In China there is a belief that people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. After losing her infant daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens the Red Thread, an adoption agency that specializes in placing baby girls from China with American families. Maya finds some comfort in her work, until a group of six couples share their personal stories of desire for a child. Their painful and courageous journey toward adoption forces Maya to confront the lost daughter of her past.

Brilliantly braiding together the stories of Chinese mothers who must give up their daughters with stories of the modern American women who yearn for a child of their own, Ann Hood writes a moving and beautifully told novel of the red thread of fate that binds these characters’ lives. Heartrending and wise, The Red Thread is an unforgettable portrait of the incomparable power of a mother’s love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A work of aching beauty and indelible grace.” 

    Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author 

  • “A wisely woven novel.”

    Elle

  • “Hope sinks and floats again in Hood’s lovely, perceptive tale.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “A subtle and unusual adoption story, many-layered, exquisitely told.”

    Washington Post

  • “Hood wears her big heart on her sleeve…Her prose…shines in the portraits of the Chinese families who give up their daughters.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “[An] engaging new tearjerker…The individual arcs are woven together beautifully…Hood’s sensitive depiction of her characters’ hopes and fears makes for a moving story of dedication, forgiveness, and love.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An altogether entertaining read.”

    Booklist

  • “Like her bestselling The Knitting Circle, Hood’s new novel features the themes of loss and reconnection…Hood offers a thoughtful novel about the yearning for a child that’s primed to be a book club pick. Readers who enjoyed Hood’s last novel or are fans of writers like Jacqueline Mitchard will enjoy this as well.”

    Library Journal

  • “Moving…raw and riveting…ends with a pleasing sense that the red thread is more than a myth.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Hillary Huber genuinely portrays the array of characters in this three-part story: the Chinese families forced to cast aside baby girls, the joy and fear of the American adoptive parents, and Maya’s grief over the accidental death of her own child. Huber excels in her narration of the Chinese women’s stories. She embodies the pain of the mothers, particularly one who sews a pattern on her baby’s blanket as a clue to her birth village. Like Hood’s other novel, The Knitting Circle, this is a compelling story of human ingenuity.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the May 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie | 2/20/2014

    " Having gone through the adoption of an infant from Korea, I was drawn to this book about the dreams and frustrations of trying to adopt babies from China. This book not only told the story of the various couples who came to the RED THREAD adoption agency but also told the stories of the Chinese mothers who had to, for one reason or another give up their baby girls. The stories of these women were heart wrenching. One woman even had her baby "stolen" by her husband's family and taken to the orphanage because she'd had a girl baby! I can only hope that in the real world, the babies adopted by American couples, like the couples in the book, are sent to homes where they will be loved and well cared for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Striano-Preece | 2/17/2014

    " Sweet book. Heartbreaking at times but overall a feel good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/15/2014

    " An engaging read about a group of couples adopting from China, a peek at the women who are giving up their daughters, and the adoption agency organizing the whole thing. It never gets terribly deep and there are a few cliched caricatures that bothered me -- the aggressive, high-powered female lawyer who demands special treatment; the special needs mom who never bonded with her 'defective' daughter and is therefore adopting. (I guess as both a lawyer and a special needs mom this was going to bother me, huh?) Wouldn't it have added more depth if the lawyer had been soft-spoken and compassionate and the housewife tried to bribe the adoption agency to move to the front of the line? And could the special needs mom really have absolutely no feeling for or relationship with her own child? Didn't ring true. But still, I read this compulsively; the story is well-told and the characters are very fresh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/11/2014

    " Great book giving both perspectives of the adopting family, and the mothers who had to give up their children. Not as emotionally moving as it could have been though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brynaleh | 2/4/2014

    " Just what the world needs, more mediocre writing about clueless rich navel-gazing white Americans adopting babies from abroad. Only got the two stars I gave it because the author actually portrays narratives of the women in China who are forced to bring their babies to orphanages to be adopted by foreigners, and shows more empathy for these first mothers ("birth mothers") than your average international adoption parent. The protagonist is somewhat interesting but I essentially felt little empathy for any of the many characters (other than the Chinese mothers), which made it hard to enjoy the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Selina | 1/26/2014

    " Simultaneously heartwarming and heartwrenching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/15/2014

    " A moving story about adoption, parents, people, lives, mistakes, and the trials that make us who we are and aspire to be. The story entwined the lives of the little girls in China to the parents' and their lives as they go through the difficult adoption process. And the process of whether or not they ready to be parents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karisa Glade | 1/10/2014

    " As an adopted child, it was a fascinating read. Did not disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/6/2014

    " I couldn't put this book down and read it in a day. It is beautifully written and easy to read. The story of families adopting daughters from China and the mothers who gave these daughters up. Emotional as well especially the portions about the mother whose child had died "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 LB | 1/4/2014

    " The author had some heart-wrenching personal experiences that went into the writing of this book. I wish I had liked it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 12/29/2013

    " It was great! I really liked the interweaving between Maya, the families, and the stories of the girls. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randi | 12/28/2013

    " This was a good read, however, I thought it was a little shallow and would have liked if they had delved deeper into the lives of the Chinese women that had to give up their babies. The characters did not have much depth. While I enjoyed reading it, I really wanted more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/26/2013

    " Loved, loved, loved this book! Beautifully written and a beautiful story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 12/25/2013

    " Mixed feelings about this one. Didn't like the characters very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy J | 7/18/2013

    " This was an interesting and enjoyable story, however, there was a little too much sex for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 6/30/2013

    " I highly recommend listening to the BOCD, read by Hilary Huber. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/6/2012

    " beautiful and poignant... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 8/29/2012

    " Interesting story about a group going through adoptions in China. I especially liked the stories of the babies. As far as the parents adopting, I didn't really care much for any of them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Levine | 5/17/2012

    " Excellent book! I couldn't put it down, and the theme was different from most of what I have been reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay Jei | 3/7/2012

    " Interesting concept - but I simply didn't find the characters engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 2/3/2012

    " One of those books that reads fast and keeps you emotionally involved from start to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany W | 1/17/2012

    " Tremendous - these characters made me laugh and broke my heart at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 6/27/2011

    " Good reading. You could feel the pain and anxiety of the couples. Some you liked some you didn't but that is what made this book so good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 6/26/2011

    " Excellent book! I couldn't put it down, and the theme was different from most of what I have been reading.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terrlyn | 6/21/2011

    " Good book with many characters but not so many that you cannot keep track. Author herself adopted a child from China so while a work of fiction I feel that she brings a special perspective to the entire process and the experiences of the characters.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara A | 6/14/2011

    " i so wanted to like this book. In fact, I wanted to love it. Given the deep emotional foundation on which it was based, and given Hood's true empathic relationship to the narrative of foreign adoption, I so hoped for more. Alas, this was not to be. However, the cover was lovely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 6/5/2011

    " I felt uncomfortable the entire time I was reading this book but I kept reading. My emotions were engaged the entire time and I had to try not to cry because I was reading it on an airplane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith | 5/28/2011

    " Interesting story about adoptions in China. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 5/22/2011

    " This book is for anyone who has adopted a daughter from China, it is written by someone who has carefully researched the process, the families, their stories and intertwined them into a fictitious tale that hits home. The legend of the red thread ties it all together. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anskia | 5/9/2011

    " Really enjoyed this work of fiction, could have been real and I am sure many of these cases happen this way. I would like to read more by this author. As a North American adoptee it is very interesting to see how different adoption cases are overseas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassandra | 5/9/2011

    " I sobbed like a tiny Chinese baby! Spare, elegant, vivid prose - heart-wrenching subject, happy ending...what's not to love? "

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About the Author
Author Ann Hood

Ann Hood is the author of thirteen books, including Comfort and The Knitting Circle. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, Tin House, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

About the Narrator

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won ten Earphones Awards. Her recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.