A near-death experience in a car with her Mother; running from tear gas at a Vietnam War rally hand-in-hand with her Pop; a year in India learning side-by-side the country's 'untouchables;' the highs and lows of living on a rural Pennsylvania commune... and all before Fiona Sprechelbach's thirteenth birthday. Set during one of the most politically divisive eras in American history, Thread for Pearls is a coming of age tale that takes us on a young heroine's journey to faith and freedom amidst a turbulent family dynamic. It's a story of resilient hope that questions whether it's the events of our lives that define us, or the thread on which we choose to string them.
Thread for Pearls is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
What are people saying about Thread for Pearls?
"An incredible read. Speeth captures the intrigue and drama of the times, and sets them in the personal life of the fascinating Fiona."
Jay Beck, The Carter Center
"Speeth's wit reminds one of a GK Chesterton, and her descriptive writing and the joy embedded in it have been a delight. I suspect that the Spirit of Jesus hovers in and around these pages."
Rev. Dr. Randy White, Center for Community Transformation, Fresno Pacific University
"Great story with a main character readers will feel close to."
Joshua Patton, IndieReader
"Journeying with Fiona through a landscape so breathtakingly fresh and clear, I found myself transported back, my own memories reawakened. Cheering her on, I didn't want it to end. Bring on the sequel!"
Carol Anderson, Carol Anderson Design
Author readings will take place at selected nonprofits whose issues resonate with the storyline in some way, with audience purchases during those evenings going entirely to the nonprofit host. If you manage a nonprofit and feel there could be a match, you are invited to read the book, then reach out, as we are currently compiling a list of these nonprofits in select cities across the country. The tour will coincide with the film-festival release of our feature-length documentary, Exploring Hope for Better Times, now under submission to film festivals.
Thread for Pearls, a novel of historical fiction was set in the '60s and '70s, times were so steeped in musical creativity that they cried out for a playlist. Enjoy!