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1912, Portland. Miriam is a young woman who desperately wants to work at her father’s printing shop and has been mustering up the courage to ask him for a chance to prove herself. For the past months, she has been reading about printing, practicing on her own and is full of innovative ideas. Unfortunately, her parents have other plans for Miriam and she finds herself having to enter the marriage market against her will. Meanwhile, the women’s suffrage movement is spreading and although her parents try to keep Miriam away from it all, she becomes increasingly interested to hear what these women have to say and ends up involved in the movement alongside new friends.

Amidst all of this, Miriam is also visited by a mysterious woman called Serakh. Serakh’s sudden, unexplained appearances are followed by a persistent demand that Miriam must help her – her first mission is to find her family’s praying shawl. This shawl has been passed down generations and contains a (Magical) blue thread that allows Miriam and Serakh to travel back to the time of Moses to meet with the five Daughters of Zelophehad – the first women in Biblical history to own land. Or at least, they will be, once Miriam inspires them to talk to Moses which is Miriam’s main mission – as proposed by Serakh.

There were many things I loved about Blue Thread and one side of the story that didn’t work as well. I will start with the bad as I want to finish the review on a high note.

According to the author’s note (or check out this article) , the premise of the book (or at least the connection to the Biblical story of the Daughters of Zelophehad) took root when she saw a real photograph of a 1908 suffrage banner which mentions those characters.

The banner reads: LIKE THE DAUGHTERS OF ZELOPHEHAD, WE ASK FOR OUR INHERITANCE

Like the author, I found this to be fascinating. Unfortunately I don’t think this was well incorporated in the story. My main concern when approaching the book was how the religious side of the story would play out in this context. The main character is Jewish and her travel back in time to meet the Daughters of Zelophehad alludes to a factual side of the Bible. My fear – as is my fear with any story that involves religion – was that her personal connection with her religion as well the story’s historical background would be proposed as universal truths which could potentially exclude both other religious and nonreligious people’s perspectives from the equation. Thankfully that wasn’t a problem at all. Instead, I had a huge problem with the Fantasy elements of the story and the very time travel aspect of it, in terms of what it MEANT.

The Fantasy elements are sloppy at best. Serakh is a time traveller with the gift of languages who keeps bringing people from Miriam’s family line back and forth in time to….inspire other people? How she does it (beyond the Magical Blue Thread), why exactly must she do this, why Miriam’s family in particular are never truly explored. There were several WAIT A MINUTE moments when I caught myself trying to understand the why exactly were these women doing this. I love time travel stories but I am not even sure if these Fantasy elements were essential to this story. This is even more glaring when these Fantasy elements basically disappear from the story halfway through it and the way I see it, don’t really matter to Miriam’s main arc at all. Her accomplishments in the end are hers, helped by her own timeline’s inspirations (her friends and the suffrage movement).

Which brings me to my main problem with the story which stems from how Miriam’s downright interferes with the Daughters’ story. Her “help” went far beyond mere inspiration. In fact, she basically TELLS them what to do, how and why – and even helps things along by speaking on their behalf. This means that Miriam effectively undermines those women’s victory and erases their pioneer status. I think this is unforgivable considering the very topic of this book and well, it pissed me off.

But like I said, thankfully this is just one sides of the novel and in terms of Miriam’s character arc in her own timeline as well as the historical aspects of the women’s suffrage movement, Blue Thread is a success.

Starting with Miriam’s difficult relationship with her parents – and in different ways depending on each parental unit. Her frustration with the fact that she can’t inherit her father’s business and how she knows she can be a good typesetter but no one will listen to her. Or how her mother is adamant that all she needs is a man to take care of her and she will be settled for life. There is also an element of family history and personal tragedy that plays really well overall.

I loved the development of Miriam’s feminist ideas in terms of universal ideas applicable to all women and how she started to read up on the suffrage movement and take part on it and to make friends with other women and even men, because of it. But also in the context of her life – it should be after all, her RIGHT to be the heir of her father’s business, like it would have been if she were a man. There is a lot of growth for Miriam here and one of my favourite things about the book is that it doesn’t demonises her traditionalist parents and the ending of the book is perfect – full of growth and hope but also some heartbreaking moments.

Blue Thread has a lot going for it and I am glad I read it. If you are interested in a good story about a young woman finding her footing in the historical context of the suffrage movement, look no further. But if you are looking for that as a well as a welldeveloped Fantasy novel involving time travel – I am sorry to say, but you should probably look elsewhere. Set in Portland in 1912, the year that Oregon women got the vote, Blue Thread is about Miriam, a teen girl who wants to become a typographer and who becomes a suffragist despite her patriarchal father's disapproval. Miriam travels back in time, makes friends with other young women, and comes to stand up for her beliefs. This is def an interesting read. Never read anything quite like it. That's a point in its favor. This is like Jewish fiction, and why not? Christians have their own fiction, clean, entertaining stories with subtle religious themes or stories.

This one follows a Jewish girl in 1912 Oregon. She has a horrid, domineering father and a submissive mother who "knows her place". Until a prayer shawl with a blue thread and a timetraveling companion from Biblical days appears, there's no way Miriam would ever have the guts to join the Suffrage movement, let alone stand up against her father.

You see, her parents just want to marry her off, but she wants to run her father's printing business. Problem is, he won't even let her in the shop most of the time. Her mother certainly never takes her side either.

She time travels back to Biblical times and through her we learn the story of Zelophehad's daughters and how they asked for their land. This was a huge step for women. This was a time in which women had no rights at all, so when their father died and they were faced with destitution and/or dependency and whoknowswhat, they asked Moses for their land, so that they would eat and live and the land would stay in their father's line. While the conclusion came with strings attached, it worked out for the best and inspired many women when the time came for us to demand the vote.


What I loved: The story of the daughters. I can't help but notice they conveniently leave these stories out of Sunday school. LOL I appreciate the author finding an entertaining way of bringing this to light. I won't forget it anytime soon. I also loved how the heroine grows a backbone, gets involved in the Suffrage, and appreciated the Oregon history. It was as if by being called upon to help others, she was able to finally help herself.

What I didn't like: It felt unconcluded. I wanted some resolution btw her father and her. I do not believe for one moment that that man just lets her up and catch a train outta there. Nooooo.... Serack...the time traveler was just weird. I never came to like her. She just shows up, kisses foreheads, speaks in riddles, and acts like a robot. No emotion at all. The heroine...was difficult to like at times. She does act like a spoiled brat here and there, but this is a YA novel, and hey, teenagers do act that way. The time traveling was confusing also. It just seemed awful convenient that only certain people in certain rooms could understand the heroine's language. At times, it made no sense.

I'd like to see a book two finishing this. I know there is a book two, but I think it's an entirely different story with different people. As I said above, this felt unfinished. What happens to Miriam? Does she ever make up with her dad? How does she fend on her own? 'Cause for all her bluster, she's never had to take care of herself, fend for food, pay rent...so I'm curious.

Full review: http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com/2013/... Miriam Josefsohn is many things: a daughter, a jew, a suffragette. She hopes one day a printer. But the year is 1912 and that day may never come if Miriam’s parents have their way arranging her future.

The future, though, is a flowing concept for the women of the Josefsohn family. As is time itself.

When Miriam learns of her unique inheritance—a special shawl woven with a blue thread—a gateway to the past opens. And perhaps an even more powerful gateway to the future.

Like Miriam herself, The Blue Thread interweaves elements of faith, history, and politics, but what I loved most about this young adult novel was the even more powerful element of family. From the dominant conflict and connection between Miriam and her father to the more fantastical tie between the women of the Josefsohn family, Ruth Tenzer Feldman does a beautiful job peering into the bonds that bring us together, tear us apart, and allow us to travel beyond ourselves.
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I enjoyed many things about Blue Thread, including some that I didn’t expect, such as the protagonist’s yearning for a professional career as a printer, and her passion for typography and design. However, for me the book didn’t resonate as much as I’d hoped it might, in part because of its detours into its fantastic time travel subplot.

I feel unfair criticizing the book for that narrative strand, because the description of the book makes it clear that a magical shawl and time travel will be part of the proceedings, and I picked up the book in spite of my own aversion to mystical stories. Other readers might enjoy and connect to that element of the book much more than I do—and on the positive side, the plot that takes place in the distant past does underscore how long women have been struggling for equality and a voice.

However…splitting the story into two parts meant that there was less time for either part to become as fully realized as it could. I felt a paucity of detail in both eras and places—and because I longed for more of the book’s portrayal of the 1912 campaign for women’s suffrage in Oregon, the departures from that part of the story particularly stung.

Blue Thread is a meaningful book, and one worth reading for its inspiring portrayals of women and their fight for selfsufficiency, but for myself, I can’t help wishing that the twentiethcentury history could have been enough on its own. After reading Seven Stitches by Ruth Tenzer Feldman and loving it, I had to go back and read her first installments. Blue Thread didn’t disappoint. Winner of the Literary Arts Oregon Book Award, Blue Thread takes you away to the early 1900s, to witness first hand, the women’s suffrage movement in Portland, Oregon. Much like her third book in the series, Feldman weaves her story between two timelines. However, this time it’s between the women’s suffrage in 1912 and the Daughters of Zelophehad during biblical times. Miriam, Feldman’s headstrong protagonist, fights for gender equality while traveling back and forth between these two timelines. Miriam sees firsthand how the treatment of women has changed over time and how much it’s stayed the same.

Much like the later addition, Blue Thread offers a unique experience with diverse characters exploring history from an unusual perspective with a sprinkle of religion that explores the Jewish culture without making a case for conversion. Not only did I enjoy the story, I felt like I was learning about a religion that is only glossed over by mainstream literature.

That said, I have one main issue with the book. My main disappointment was that I had hoped this book would be more connected to book three. This is a personal preference. I like when a story is continued, like a new chapter in the character’s life. I knew it was a long shot going into book one from book three given that the main character didn’t know about her time traveling shawl. Instead, this book felt familiar, like I was reading the same book with different characters and settings but with many of the same plot points.


When I started Blue Thread, I knew I would encounter a spunky protagonist named Miriam and a mysterious time traveler named Serakh. (I’d read Seven Stitches, the third book in the Blue Thread Saga, earlier this year.) But I didn’t expect such a refreshing, compelling narrative. Miriam is every bit the independent, creative, resourceful young woman I wanted to be at sixteen. The tension between her and her father, a Jewish immigrant who’d lost family members and started supporting his family at thirteen, was totally believable. The book seemed a window into a forgotten Portland; as a Portlander myself, I enjoyed recognizing street names and landmarks that have endured the hundredplus years since the events of Blue Thread.

I was especially fond of the women’s suffrage plot, and Miriam conveyed the ideals of the movement perfectly. The weakest part of the book, for me, was the timetravel plotline with Serakh and Tirtzah. It wasn’t bad or boring, just less interesting than reading about Miriam fighting for women’s rights. And it must be noted that this is one of the relatively few YA books that focuses on a Jewish main character and community. A wonderful debut fiction novel yet depressingly underappreciated, Blue Thread will be my next recommendation for anyone interested in YA. This YA novel by Ruth Tenzer Feldman is a refreshing change of pace from the boycentered plots and characters I was expecting. I will be the first to admit that I have only recently dabbled in the young adult shelves of my local bookstores, but Miriam Josefsohn is a headstrong and confident protagonist whose focus on women’s rights and personal struggle to make peace with her parents is inspiring and refreshing. The introduction of a timetraveling shawl—a family heirloom that comes with a lot of emotional baggage for Miriam’s family—may sound odd for a book set in the middle of Portland’s fight for women’s suffrage, but Feldman makes it work. Blue Thread vividly and remarkably captures Miriam’s Jewish ancestry and uncovers its effects on her family with ease. Miriam emerges from her time travels with a renewed desire to take control of her own life, and to watch her proceed to do so is invigorating. Feldman has written young women a protagonist who shows us that respect and love for the past does not have to stop us from moving ourselves forward. I’ve been waiting to read Blue Thread for a while, but this book is exactly what I wanted (needed?) to read right now. It’s a story about a time and place not my own as well as a story a little closer to home: here in Portland, but set in 1912, during the women’s suffrage movement. The desire for women’s suffrage—Miriam’s understanding, even as a girl of 16, of the importance of responsibility of voting—rings especially true today. I needed to read about a Jewish girl fighting for what’s right, finding a voice, and finding herself. It’s got this weird time travel element to biblical times, but the fitting parallels of the two time periods and the faith element make up for the awkwardness with the time jump.

The themes of this book, namely empowerment of young women across ages to follow their passions and use their voices, adds a voice to the YA offerings that wasn’t there before.

Also, side note, as someone who just finished a typography class: I was hooked on Miriam as my heroine from the moment she obsessed over a particularly beautiful letter “M” on a prayer book: “I stared in adoration at the capital M in “Memorial Service.” Its apex had a concave dip, so the top of the letter seemed to be smiling. The left foot serif was angular and the right one curved, like oddly matched shoes. Fanciful yet solid, that M was an answer to a typographer’s prayer.”