WINDSOR – Award-winning author Hanna Perlstein Marcus, author of the memoir, “Sidonia’s Thread: The Secrets of a Mother and Daughter Sewing
a New Life in America,” will be the featured speaker at Congregation Beth Ahm’s annual Author’s Brunch, to be held on Sunday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Congregation Beth Ahm.
Born in a displaced persons camp in Germany after World War II, Marcus and her mother, Sidonia, soon immigrated to Springfield, Mass., not knowing anyone in America. With no other family, except each other, they built a world that revolved around Sidonia’s exceptional talent with a needle and thread to create beautiful garments, while Hanna served as her model.
It isn’t until Sidonia moves to housing for the elderly that Hanna discovers some of her mother’s old letters and photographs, hoping to find clues to her paternity, her mother’s solitary behavior, and her heritage. Only then, can she begin to unravel hidden secrets from her mother’s past. A trip to her mother’s Hungarian homeland, together with a phone conversation with her father, provide Hanna with surprising discoveries that revise her view of her life with her mother and replace her conflicting emotions toward her mother with reverence.
A resident of Vernon, Hanna Perlstein Marcus won first prize in the 2011 Short Story competition of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. “Sidonia’s Thread” is her first full-length book. A licensed social worker with degrees from the University of Massachusetts and the University of Connecticut, she has worked for local governments in the state for more than 30 years.
Congregation Beth Ahm is located at 362 Palisado Ave. (Rte 159). Tickets, which include a kosher brunch, are $15 per person. For reservations, call (860) 688-9989 and leave a message.
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