BLUE THREAD, a Young Adult novel by Ruth Tenzer Feldman
Sixteen year old Miriam Josefsohn’s story begins in 1912 in Portland, Oregon, and what a story it is. At first Miriam’s traditionally authoritarian father decides at the last minute that his fiesty daughter can’t join her best friend Florrie in boarding school in California. To make matters worse, Mr. Josefsohn won’t allow Miriam to continue her education in Portland either. Instead, against every fiber of Miriam’s being, her parents groom her for a month’s visit to Manhattan to fetch a charming husband of her parents’ liking.
With her particularly forceful personality, a sweet and strong Miriam develops her resolve to make a difference. Always a determined and amusing heroine, Miriam knows how to lie “in that proper sort of way” demanded by the stifling polite society of her day. This brave protagonist’s escapades grow more daring as she ventures into another realm to embrace the struggles of sisters of the heart under the leadership of the Jewish Patriarch Moses. On the leading edge of human evolution, Miriam bonds to kindred souls from antiquity to the 20th century who believe in girls’ and women’s self-development as well as the rights that belong to every person.
Although this book is published in the Young Adult category, I myself thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it for all ages. I laughed, I cried, and I would love to read a sequel.