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LOOSE THREADS, a novel by the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, The Geography of Love.

“In her first novel, Loose Threads, Glenda Burgess takes readers on an armchair world tour with Ellen d’Ullay and the changing map of her inner world. “-- Saratoga News

“Art, particularly good art, involves comfort with chaos. To really explore the creative, you have to be willing to go in where there are no rules.” – Palo Alto Daily News

"...a story for anyone who crept into their own life without a precise sense of location..."-Los Altos Town Crier

“In today’s fast paced world, how does anyone find a life that matters? Ellen d’Ullay is about to risk everything, following that one loose thread… A novel rich in detail about the world of international diplomacy and the inner obsessions of struggling artists, Loose Threads is a sophisticated, intelligent read—direct and powerful with take-your-breath away passages of eloquent writing.” – reader from Washington DC, Amazon.com

Glenda Burgess’ novel opens in the political realms of Washington DC and moves into American embassies around the world in the nineteen-eighties, a time when diplomacy bordered terrorism, and a young diplomat’s future was limited only by ambition. Loose Threads is the story of Ellen d’Ullay, one woman’s search for herself across three decades of life. Fast-paced and surprising, with a penchant for paradox and hidden truth, the hearts and minds of Burgess’ characters are as interesting as the landscapes we find them in. Burgess’ novel eloquently probes the human search for meaning, lasting love, and roots in an unpredictable world.

Loose Threads explores the uncommon thread, the way not taken as we compose our lives. How we turn to and from opportunity as we brace our daily moments with choice. Engaging, fresh, and unforgettable, Loose Threads is about the journey to authenticity and the redemptive power of genuine passion.

First published 1998 by The Malvern Publishing Co. Ltd, United Kingdom

The Great American First Novel Series
Second Edition 2008

Cover Design by C. Brewer
Cover Photograph Second Edition by Kenneth Grunzweig
Author Photo by Kenneth Grunzweig