Publication Date: December 16, 2013
Mockingbird Lane Press
Formats: eBook, Paperback, Audio Book
Genre: Historical Fiction/Short Stories
The eleven long short stories in “Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads combine history, mystery, action and/or romance, and range from drug trafficking using Guatemalan hand-woven wallets, to an Antebellum U.S. slave using codes in her quilts as a message system to freedom; from an ex-journalist and her Hopi Indian maid solving a cold case together involving Katchina spirits, to a couple hiding Christian passports in a comforter in Nazi Germany; from a wedding quilt curse dating back to the Salem Witchcraft Trials, to a mystery involving a young seamstress in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; from a 1980’s Romeo and Juliet romance between a rising Wall Street financial ‘star’ and an eclectic fiber artist, to a Haight-Asbury love affair between a professor and a beautiful macramé artist gone horribly askew, just to name a few.
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Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads is now in AUDIO!!! Listen to narrator, Suzie Althens, breathe life and depth into these stories!
Sewing Can be Dangerous and Other Small Threads is a collection of eleven short stories that are tied together by the theme of sewing. As with any short story collection, there were some stories that I enjoyed more than others; but, overall this is a strong collection. Each story is strongly character driven and many of the stories showcase women's strength, intelligence and motivation through history and throughout the world. Each character had a unique voice and took me to a different place and time. My favorite stories throughout the collection often wove together past and present through an object.
The very first story, Sewing Can Be Dangerous, introduced me to a Russian-Jewish immigrant family with a young girl named Sarah. Discouraged at the lack of work for his family, the father takes his frustration out on Sarah, who has managed to find a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. When tragedy strikes the factory, Sarah takes the opportunity to turn her life around.
Lettie's Tale tells the story of a young, deaf slave on a plantation in the south. Lettie is given the task of sewing special quilts, when she discovers the true meaning of the quilts, Lettie's talents and desires grow.
In World War II Germany, The Comforter serves a special purpose to 50 Jewish people. Hans painstakingly forges passports as his wife sews them into the batting of the quilt. When Kristallnacht happens, the comforter happens to play an important role.
Emma works for Lord and Lady Buckingham. They prepare for a royal visitor and want Emma to sew a gift to present to the King. As Emma and Lady Buckingham learn that danger awaits, the pillow Emma will sew turns from a gift into a warning.
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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.
“Unexpected Gifts”, her debut novel, is currently available on Amazon. “Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads”, her collection of short stories, Jan. 2014, both books by Mockingbird Lane Press.
For more information please visit S.R. Mallery’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.