I was so excited to happen upon this emerging writer and get lost in this world that comprises the most unlikely themes weaved together in a magical way that makes sense. She has two main characters. The first is a 14-year-old virgin who gives birth alone in the forest and has to gender bend her identity throughout life to ensure survival is just breathtaking. Her second character is the infant who grows up aided by keepers of the woods: coyotes and fairies who assist the virgin mother with the blind albino infant until they move to the city. One special relationship with an animal continues impossibly, yet believable, for generation after generation. This amazing story took me from birth to death and beyond and taught me that people are more than they are. Sometimes I forget that we are everyone we touch and the legacy we leave is always bigger than ourselves. This book is an inspiration to a reader and I recommend it to anyone who wants to sit down and get lost in a world that doesn't exist so that they can come back to the world that does — and create a more positive impact within it.
The Tapestry is AMAZING! It makes you cry. It makes you laugh. It leaves you breathless in the end.
I am serious. I was literally left breathless at the end of the book. I was engrossed every time I picked it up. I didn't want to put it down but life made me a few times.
Steve Carr, Author:
Weaving together a work of art, whether using fabric and thread, or words, requires vision and imagination. These two characteristics are present cover to cover in Audrey Lewis' novel The Tapestry, a story of a mother's love for a child different than most, born into a world of isolation, magic and discovery. Born to her under mysterious circumstances, Maia's child who she names Justice, is born into an unjust world where the rules of gender identity become unraveled as he/she grows with only Maia, a pack of coyotes, and one coyote in particular to provide care, guidance and protection. But ultimately this story belongs to Maia. She is written with such compassion and understanding of the bond between mother and child, that as her heart beats with every written emotion, so does ours in reality. The entirety of most of the first half of the novel is a testament to Maia's evolving comprehension of what it means to be a mother and almost apart from that, a woman living in what is predominately a man's world. Maia raises Justice based on intuition and observation; she takes her cues about raising her child mostly from her internal world, having no connections with family members or education to inform her decisions. There is no explanation for the pack of coyotes that follows and protect the mother and child as there is also no explanation for the magical college that Maia and her child inhabit for most of the child's early years, yet in a tapestry filled with imagination, the coyotes and the cottage somehow make sense. The structure of The Tapestry is unlike most novels. It is indeed a tapestry, where the picture comes to together by first laying out the overall fabric (the story) and then adds scenes and connected stories that double back on the story, as if they were previously forgotten or deserved special attention. The tapestry that Maia and Justice piece together, sewn with incredible tenderness by the author, is the source for the title of Audrey’s The Tapestry. This is a work of art of the highest quality.