A Slender Thread: Rediscovering Hope
at the Heart of Crisis

Diane Ackerman

Synopsis

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.

 

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