Review and Contest: The Threadbare Heart by Jennie Nash

The Threadbare Heart by Jennie Nash (Berkley Trade (a division of Penguin), May 4, 2010), 336 pages

Lily and Tom are happy in their New England life, ensconced in academia — he in science, she in math. It’s the first Christmas they’ve had an empty nest, though. Both their sons (and a daughter-in-law and granddaughter), and Lily’s mom, are in California.

I loved Nash’s The Only True Genius in the Family, and I love The Threadbare Heart. I went into this book with admittedly high expectations, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The Threadbare Heart is a book about love, about relationships. About hope, and grief. About family. In some ways it’s a sad book, too, but it’s not without hope.

In this book, Nash poses some weighty questions (Can you ever really know another person? What is love? What makes life worth living?), and it’s this, I think, that I love most about her books. She’s not afraid to lay bare those insecurities and doubts we all — at least on some level — have.

Augh, I don’t feel like I’m doing this book justice, but at the same time, I don’t want to spoil it.

The characters come to life. The writing disappears in the story (This is a good thing!). A great book.

Read an excerpt (the first chapter) of The Threadbare Heart.

About the author
Jennie Nash started writing fiction in 2004. Her first novel, The Last Beach Bungalow, was published in 2008. She lives in California. Her blog and Twitter profile.

Other reviews
Caribou’s Mom
Maw Books

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The Contest

Tell me about your favorite mother-daughter relationship from literature. Which pair made you laugh? Made you cry? Made you cringe? Which pair revealed something true about your own mother-daughter relationship(s)? You’ve got up to 250 words to explain.

Leave your response in a comment below before 5 p.m. Central time Saturday, May 8. If you would rather not post publicly, email your entry to me: WordLily[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject “The Threadbare Heart.”

On Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 9) I’ll post the entry I like best and forward the winner’s info to Jennie Nash. This person will be entered in the Grand Prize Giveaway — for a chance to win a Book Club in a Box” — 10 signed copies of The Threadbare Heart, a call-in from the author, and a delicious rum cake. (Why rum cake? You’ll have to read The Threadbare Heart to understand!)

On May 16, Nash will choose a Grand Prize winner from all the winning blog entries. (How will she pick? Whichever entry just hits her as being heartfelt and true.) The Grand Prize will be announced here and on all the other participating blogs, on Nash’s website and on twitter.

NOTE: Several blogs are hosting this contest; you can enter only once. (Pick me, pick me, please!) Prizes shipped to U.S. addresses only. This is a contest run by Jennie Nash, not her publisher.

I received this book from the author.


5 responses to “Review and Contest: The Threadbare Heart by Jennie Nash

  1. This was a very difficult book to summarize, but you did a great job! I loved it too.

  2. Thank you for this review. It actually helps me as I’m trying to gather my thoughts for my NEXT book — i.e. what big idea am I trying to write about??? Wish I knew!!!! But I will figure it out. I always do 😉

  3. Though it’s not technically a “mother daughter” relationship, the bond between Lily and August in The Secret Life of Bees is the one I would list as my favorite. This book was the first to make me literally cry – in fact, there’s a little puckered spot on one of the pages near the end where a teardrop fell – and as someone who has what I lovingly call “mommy issues,” I find myself coming back to that book again and again for comfort and reassurance that a mother isn’t necessarily the woman who birthed us.

  4. stacybuckeye

    I think I might be missing out by never having read Nash!

  5. Pingback: Happy Mother’s Day (and a winner) « Word Lily

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