Magical realism with Allen authors
Sarah Addison Allen author of Garden Spells, The Peach Keeeper, and The Girl Who Chased the Moon interviews Lisa van Allen about the elements of magic in her new book The Wishing Thread, on sale today.
Sarah Addison Allen: The Wishing Thread is a delightful novel about the bonds of sisterhood, the transformational power of love, and the pleasures and perils of knitting. What sparked your idea for this novel?
Lisa Van Allen: It started with the knitting. When I knit a gift for someone, I always say a few prayers for the recipient. It’s about sending deliberate thoughts of love and kindness, along with offering a gift. So it wasn’t a far jump from there to “Wouldn’t it be cool if somebody could knit a magic spell into the fabric of a hat or a scarf so that it rubs off on the wearer?”
Of course, in The Wishing Thread, the people who go to the Stitchery looking for magic never know what they’ll get. Sometimes the spells don’t work as expected. Sometimes they don’t work at all. Read more