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Three quirky sisters in the storied village of Tarrytown are said to knit magic spells. Some say they’re angels; some say they’re crooks. When the Stitchery is threatened with demolition, the sisters’ relationships with each other—and their beliefs in magic—are put to the test. Will the threads hold?


“Reader to reader, knitter to knitter,
you’re going to love this book.”
New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber 
 
The Wishing Thread
A Novel
By Lisa Van Allen
Ballantine Trade Paperback Original
On sale 8/27/13
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In [The Wishing Thread], knitting becomes a rich metaphor for the power of women, of the disenfranchised, of the desperate.Steeped in the spirit of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” this bewitching tale will delight fans of magical realism.Kirkus Review

 
With deft needlework, a dash of folklore, and some good old-fashioned family angst, Lisa Van Allen knits together the threads of second chances, the pleasure of giving, the complications of sisterhood, and love. There’s a bit of magic in The Wishing Thread, in the words and the story as well as in the yarn.”
—Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters and The Wednesday Daughters
 
“Rich in myth and  mystery, The Wishing Thread explores the tangle that is being a woman–from family and friendship to romance and community. Prepare to be ensnared, enthralled, enchanted!”
USA Today bestselling author Christie Ridgway
 
The Wishing Thread is a lyrical, emotional, finely-knit portrayal of three sisters struggling with love, magic and sacrifice.  This is the best book I’ve read all year.”
—Lisa Verge Higgins, author of The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship
 
“An intriguing story of three sisters tied by blood and a strange inheritance, each searching for a way to belong in that place where magic and life intersect. Wonderful!”
—Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Colors

     

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