A Slender Thread: Rediscovering Hope
at the Heart of Crisis
Diane Ackerman has generally turned her unusual sensitivity to consideration of the
natural world and the human experience of it. In A Slender Thread, she journeys down
a vastly different road, describing her involvement with a telephone crisis center in
the college town where she lives. The callers want her to talk them out of suicide,
and their fear and sadness is a weight she at first has trouble bearing gracefully.
Ackerman explores human despair as she would a magnificent cavern, always moving
toward the light of understanding.