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Thread for Pearls

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.

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Thread for Pearls Synopsis

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.

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Listen to Elizabeth Phillips as she brings to life an excerpt from the forthcoming audio book Thread for Pearls by Lauren Speeth. Audio version of the critically acclaimed book available soon where all fine audio books are sold.

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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

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IndieReader Approved"Great story with a main character readers will feel close to."

Joshua Patton, IndieReader 4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Reviewed Books of June 2018

"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



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Lauren Speeth

Master storyteller Lauren Speeth has shared her stories in film and print over the years with audiences around the world, to critical acclaim. Her storytelling interests run the gamut, from books about the American experience to 3-D films about Irish spirituality, to music about love and life. In this, her first novel, she shares what she has come to understand as the fundamental human experience of resiliency and hope. When not dreaming up stories, Speeth leads Elfenworks Productions, LLC, a pro-social business with internationally acclaimed media content, and The Elfenworks Foundation, where she has assembled a team of social entrepreneurs of the highest caliber that work together daily on projects that foster the greater good.

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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!

Suggested Playlist – Oldies

  • America – "A Horse with No Name"
  • The B-52s – "Rock Lobster"
  • Joan Baez – "There But For Fortune"
  • The Beatles – "Blackbird," "Golden Slumbers," "It Won't Be Long," "P.S. I Love You," "The Word," and "Wait"
  • Jorge Ben – "Mas Que Nada"
  • Jackson Browne – "Rock Me on the Water"
  • The Byrds - "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Eveything There Is a Season)"
  • Bobby Caldwell – "What You Won't Do for Love"
  • Chicago – "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"
  • Alice Cooper – "Welcome to my Nightmare"
  • Country Joe and the Fish – "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag"
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash – "Ohio," "Our House."
  • The Cyrkle – "Red Rubber Ball"
  • Skeeter Davis – "The End of the World"
  • The Eagles – "Hotel California"
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) – "From the Beginning"
  • Fifth Dimension – "Aquarius"
  • Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons – "December 1963, Oh, What a Night"
  • Grateful Dead – "Box of Rain"
  • Albert Hammond – "It Never Rains in California"
  • Elton John – "Philadelphia Freedom"
  • Carole King – "So Far Away"
  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono – "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"
  • The Mamas & The Papas – "California Dreaming," "Monday, Monday"
  • Scott McKenzie – "San Francisco"
  • Don McLean – "American Pie"
  • Napoleon XIV – "They're Coming to Take Me Away"
  • Peter, Paul & Mary – "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"
  • The Rolling Stones – "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Mother's Little Helper," "Paint It Black," and "19th Nervous Breakdown"
  • Simon & Garfunkel – "A Hazy Shade of Winter," "America," "The Boxer," "Fakin' It," "Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall," and "Patterns."
  • Cat Stevens – "Peace Train"
  • Talking Heads – "Once in a Lifetime"
  • James Taylor – "Fire & Rain"
  • Wings – "With A Little Luck"
  • Stevie Wonder - "Higher Ground," "Ngiculela/Es Una Historia/I Am Singing"
  • Yes! – "Roundabout"

Suggested Playlist – Classical

  • Bach – "Sheep May Safely Graze"
  • Corelli – "Christmas Concerto"
  • Handel – "Messiah"
  • Handel-Halvorsen – "Passacaglia for Violin/Viola"
  • Mozart – "Ave Verum" and "Aleluia"
  • Vivaldi - "Gloria in Excelsis"

Also Noted in Novel

  • Johnny Cash – "You Are My Sunshine"
  • Miles Davis – "Kind of Blue"
  • Judy Garland – "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"
  • Woody Herman – "Your Father's Mustache"
  • Scott Joplin – "Maple Leaf Rag"
  • Henry Clay Work – "Come Home, Father"

 

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We are a multimedia production company specializing in positive storytelling with a pro-social vision. Whether soothing and nourishing the senses, exploring important untold stories, fostering learning, or helping redefine the landscape of possibilities, the common element is to inspire and uplift, "bringing light to what is right." Believing it is possible to do well while doing good, this creative, professional team of storytellers brings their expertise, integrity, intelligence and insight to bear on every effort, be it a film, a song, an app, an animation, or whatever's next. Find out more at ELFENWORKSPRODUCTIONS.COM