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An invisible thread the true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny

by Schroff, Laura.

Format: Book on CD 2011
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
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Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge Audiovisual ACD Non-Fiction
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge
 
Collection  Audiovisual
 
Call Number  ACD Non-Fiction
 
 
Summary
The true story of the bond between a harried sales executive and an eleven-year-old boy who seemed destined for a life of poverty. It is the heartwarming story of a friendship that has spanned three decades and brought meaning to an over-scheduled professional and hope to a hungry and desperate boy living on the streets.
When Laura Schroff brushed by a young panhandler on a New York City corner one rainy afternoon, something made her stop and turn back. She took the boy to lunch at the McDonald's across the street that day. And she continued to go back, again and again for the next four years until both of their lives had changed dramatically. Nearly thirty years later, that young boy Maurice has gotten married and has his own children. Now he works to change the lives of disadvantaged kids, just like the boy he used to be.

An Invisible Thread is the true story of the bond between a harried sales executive and an eleven-year-old boy who seemed destined for a life of poverty. It is the heartwarming story of a friendship that has spanned three decades and brought meaning to an over-scheduled professional and hope to a hungry and desperate boy living on the streets.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "According to an old Chinese proverb, there's an invisible thread that connects two people who are destined to meet and influence each other's lives. With Tresniowski (The Vendetta), Schroff tells how, as a busy advertising sales executive in New York, she easily passed panhandlers every day. One day, 11-year-old Maurice's plea for spare change caused Schroff to turn around and offer to buy him lunch. Thereafter, Schroff and Maurice met for dinner each week and slowly shared their life stories. Maurice's tales about his crack addict mother, absent father, and array of drug-dealing uncles were only part of his desperate longing for a life in a safe neighborhood in an apartment with more than one room. As they grow to depend on each other, Maurice asks Schroff to attend his school's parents' night, where his teacher asks Schroff not to abandon the boy. In some weeks, the meals they share become some of the few he has, because any money his mother might "earn" goes to her habit. As Schroff relates Maurice's story, she tells of her own father's alcoholism and abuse, and readers see how desperately these two need each other in this feel-good story about the far-reaching benefits of kindness. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Schroff, Laura.
Mazyck, Maurice.
Schroff, Laura -- Childhood and youth.
Children and adults -- Case studies.
Friendship -- Case studies.
African American boys -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Poor children -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Women, White -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Sales executives -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
New York (N.Y.) -- Biography.
Audiobooks.
Publisher [Old Saybrook, Conn.] :Tantor,2011
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Tresniowski, Alex.
Ward, Pam, narrator.
Participants/Performers Read by Pam Ward.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Description 6 audio discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781452605876
1452605874
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