Ruth Tenzer Feldman, Seven Stitches
Ruth Tenzer Feldman returns to the store to read from the latest installment in her Blue Thread saga, Seven Stitches, published by Portland-based Ooligan Press.
This young adult novel is set in Portland in 2059. It’s been a year since The Big One -- the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake -- hit the city and devastated the Oregon coast. Meryem Einhorn Zarfati is still struggling to put her life back together when she’s called upon to save a young girl enslaved in 16th-century Istanbul.
Building on the stories in the first two books, Blue Thread and The Ninth Day, the series explores how we recover and rebuild after the worst has happened. The three books can be read in any order and can be enjoyed by teenagers and adults. They all entwine two worlds that are centuries apart, an heirloom prayer shawl, and a time-traveling woman with a passion for pursuing justice and a yen for cucumbers.
Ruth Tenzer Feldman grew up in New Jersey. She earned her first money as a writer when she was a Long Branch High School correspondent to the Asbury Park Press. She lived most of her adult life in Bethesda, Maryland – other than a year in Italy and a year in The Netherlands – before discovering the lure of the Pacific Northwest. She has written ten nonfiction books for children and young adults and numerous articles in science and history. Blue Thread won the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature.