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Sidonia's Thread

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

Filled with perseverance, resilience, and both love and distrust, Sidonia’s Thread is the true story of a mother and daughter who immigrate to Springfield, MA from a displaced persons camp and overcome their sorrow through the mother’s extraordinary skill with a needle and thread. As the mother, Sidonia, becomes noted for her remarkable talent, she continues to hide her painful secrets, all the while teaching her daughter to "stand up straight."

Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10


Plot: This memoir is almost perfectly plotted. The only issue is the ending, which drags on a bit too long with an epilogue and end notes.

Prose: The prose here is as excellent as the storytelling. A pleasure to read.

Originality: The author has crafted a compelling, emotional, and original story.

Character Development: The author has created vivid and memorable characters. Over the course of the book, the daughter comes to understand the mother in a way that will be rewarding for readers.

Date Submitted: June 30, 2018