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Other stories and suggestions poured in. Dropped Threads would clearly be an ongoing project. Like the first volume, Dropped Threads 2 features stories by well-known novelists and journalists such as Jane Urquhart, Susan Swan and Shelagh Rogers, but also many excellent new writers including teachers, mothers, a civil servant, a therapist.

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Several stories address some of the darker sides of motherhood: The volume also covers the rewards of learning to be a parent, choosing to remain single, or fitting in as a lesbian parent. It explores how women feel when something is missing in a friendship, how they experience discrimination, relationship challenges, and other emotions less easily defined but just as close to the bone: Marjorie Anderson has a Ph.

Praise for Dropped Threads: The compositions frequently make the reader feel like an eavesdropper — and an extremely entertained one at that…The stories in Dropped Threads cathartically tie up loose ends for their writers, while providing readers with an exquisitely crafted patchwork quilt of life experiences. The first Dropped Threads book has been a Canadian national bestseller for over 85 weeks now. Overall, I have been delighted by the passion and depth of the reactions to this book.

Both Carol and I have had women readers contact us with a whole variety of heartening responses including the declarations that the book had changed their lives — for the better, we assumed!

Dropped Threads 2: More of What We Aren't Told by Carol Shields

One of the most dramatic responses happened during the Winnipeg launch of the original anthology. The event was one of a sizzling energy from nine contributors, one editor me and over book enthusiasts. One woman stood over us with tears streaming down her face and told us that she had never, until that evening, thought she even "had a right to have a story" let alone tell it and have others interested in reading it.

She talked of being a caregiver to children and parents and not knowing how to focus on — or even be by — herself. Her experience that evening convinced her that she should buy a journal and start writing in it, even if no one else ever read it other than herself. I was moved to a new understanding of the power and importance of telling "our stories" to each other. Most often the discussion includes their stating which stories stood out for them and then telling what "dropped threads" are missing in this volume and might, or should, have been included.

The latter topic allows women to speak about the areas of surprise and silences in their own lives, and many do, revealing experiences that are every bit as fascinating as those in the book. I asked what, in particular, had been missing for her.

The exchange provided a refreshing variety in response but also emphasized one fundamental impulse for the reading experience, which is to discover facets of ourselves. May 15, Lezley rated it liked it Shelves: Interesting reflections about how being a Canadian woman affected women's perception of who they have become over the years and often explains why. Short, heartfelt stories that will infiltrate every woman's soul.

Jun 23, Grace Nombrado rated it liked it Shelves: A real diverse selection of stories - motherhood, cancer, aging, loss, love and more. Good if you only have short bits of time to read. I read while breast pumping for my baby. Each story was about a 15 minute read.

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May 03, Jennifer Suzanne rated it it was amazing. Amazing compilation of short stories by incredibly brave, honest women. Sep 28, Ckcondohotmail. Com rated it liked it. The first few stories were good but then it just got repetitious.

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Jul 11, Debbie rated it really liked it. I had forgotten how much I liked Dropped Threads, the original! This 2nd look at what women aren't told again is a collection of essays by Canadian women writers, some famous like Maud Barlow and Jane Urquhart and others not so famous. All but 2 or 3 of the stories were incredibly moving. I would be hard pressed to pick a favouri I had forgotten how much I liked Dropped Threads, the original! I would be hard pressed to pick a favourite.

Most are truly inspiring. A must read for not just women but for men that might want to understand us just a titch more! Nov 01, Niya rated it liked it. Similar to the first collection this compendium of works by female Canadian authors sheds light into the shadowy crevices where intimate knowledge is left because it is, for some strange reason, unspeakable. Tales in this collection run the gamut from surviving sexual assault, to surviving six siblings.

Everyone makes it through, one step at a time. Like it's predecessor, the collection is a good way to get a sense of the voices of some of these key figures in Canadian literature, and to decide Similar to the first collection this compendium of works by female Canadian authors sheds light into the shadowy crevices where intimate knowledge is left because it is, for some strange reason, unspeakable.

Like it's predecessor, the collection is a good way to get a sense of the voices of some of these key figures in Canadian literature, and to decide if you'd like to plunge into their full length works.

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Jul 26, Lisa Kuchta added it. Had this book on my shelf for years. Started to read more of it when I just had my son. It is a collection of short stories for women about women. It is a great book for those that don't read alot or have a lot of time but in a few pages you can learn alot about what other women have gone thru and the learn about the life of other women. View all 3 comments. This book played out exactly as expected. Many women tell their stories about life, death, illness, pregnancy, motherhood and love. There were some memorable tales but most just felt like boring family dinner conversation.

Jun 08, Lori rated it liked it. Loved everyone of the Dropped Threads. Jan 03, Ana Banana rated it it was ok. A bit depressing for me to read.. Jun 15, Erin rated it liked it. This month's book club pick.