Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads
S.R. Mallery has worn various hats in her life. First, a classical/pop singer/composer, she moved on to the professional world of production art and calligraphy. Next came a long career as an award winning quilt artist/teacher and an ESL/Reading instructor. Her short stories have been published in descant 2008, Snowy Egret, Transcendent Visions, The Storyteller, and Down In the Dirt.
SYNOPSIS FOR SEWING CAN BE DANGEROUS And Other Small Threads
:These eleven long short stories range from drug trafficking using Guatemalan hand-woven wallets to an Antebellum U.S. slave using codes in her quilts as a message system to freedom; from an ex-journalist and her Hopi Indian maid solving a cold case together involving Katchina spirits to a couple hiding Christian passports in a comforter in Nazi Germany; from a wedding quilt curse dating back to the Salem Witchcraft Trials to a mystery involving a young seamstress in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; from a 1980’s Romeo and Juliet romance between a rising Wall Street financial ‘star’ and an eclectic fiber artist to a Haight-Asbury love affair between a professor and a beautiful macramé artist gone horribly askew, just to name a few
Here’s what they’re saying about SEWING CAN BE DANGEROUS And Other Small Threads:
“S. R. Mallery is quite simply a master story-teller.”
“This is a box of bon-bons, every story an eye-opening surprise. Eat one and you’ll want to devour the whole box.”
“An exquisitely crafted, impressive portrayal of life’s journey!”
“Women, sewing, history, and storytelling. A quilt of wonderful stories.”
“Rich and beautiful stories that will captivate you.”
“These stories will stay with you long after you’ve finished the book…”
“I was amazed by the variety of stories that took place in various locations, and at different historical times.”
Wonderful Stories!, 9 January 2014
In her new collection of short stories, “Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads,” S.R. Mallery has a treat for all readers, whether they like action, romance, suspense, or mystery. What makes this connection unique is S.R.Mallery’s ability to weave historical details into her stories, creating thrilling experiences for the readers that will both entertain and enlighten.Many single-author collection of short stories tend to focus on the same kinds of issues, the same time period, or the same genre. But not S.R. Mallery’s book. Each of her stories is unique, interesting, and unexpected. The only thing that is consistent among all her stories is her fast-paced and engaging narrative style, beautiful literary language combined with the appeal and thrills of commercial fiction and surprising plot twists.As you read the book, you will be transported from your world today to such varied times and places as the land of Hopi Indians, Nazi Germany, Salem Witch Trials, Wall Street in the 1980’s, and other surprising and historically rich times and places.I thoroughly enjoyed each story. I loved “Sewing Can Be Dangerous” because of the masterful interplay between the past and the present events in it, and the surprising discovery that the protagonist reveals at the end of the story, bringing the horrendous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire back to the present. I couldn’t put “A Drunkard’s Path” down until I finished it and got to the satisfying ending that brought together the events of Salem Witch Trials and the present time, the ending that freed the young bride in the story from her suffering. “A Plague on Both Your Houses,” another wonderful tale of realistically portrayed characters whose lives intersect in unusual ways, is reminiscent of the timeless Romeo and Juliet romance, updated for today’s readers. A wonderful collection. Highly recommended.
Her style of narration is so rich, all-embracing and enthralling that the reader would inevitably relive all the plots, immerse into the setting of each story, feel all the emotions of the characters and empathize with them, to say the least.
Undeniably outstanding talent, remarkable writing and memorable prose with lots to think about, ponder and decipher.
A book you will surely love!