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Lisa Van Allen

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Lisa Van Allen is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE WISHING THREAD and THE NIGHT GARDEN. Her work has been translated in six languages and printed in seven countries to date, and her work has appeared multiple times on bestseller lists. When not writing, she can usually be found cleaning up the endless piles of books left around the house by her toddling daughter, trying to entertain a Jack Russel “terror” named Einstein, or prepping for whatever new adventure her husband has up his sleeve (he’s a high-ranking scout for a professional sports team). She is currently working on a new book that promises to be her most emotional story yet. For news about releases and price drop promotions, please join her mailing list a

Happy News! The Wishing Thread on The List!

Such wonderful news this past week! The Wishing Thread made the New York Times list and the USA Today list! Talk about a dream come true! It was so much fun to share the news, especially with my mom and my husband, who have always put so much faith in me even when there was little reason to. There are still mountains to climb, but this has been a wonderful burst of happiness to put new spring in m

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Published on September 03, 2014 10:43
Average rating: 3.5 · 3,143 ratings · 394 reviews · 2 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Night Garden

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The Wishing Thread

3.50 avg rating — 3,941 ratings — published 2013 — 13 editions
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“Lilies of the field did not threaten to uproot themselves if they didn't like where they were planted. On the slopes of the mountains, saplings struggled to grow in the shallowest puddles of soil that collected on bald rocks. Along the side of the valley's single road, chicory and yellow trefoil had learned to thrive in waste spaces, where passing cars blew exhaust against them all day long. Like Olivia, they had no say over where their seeds took hold: When they could not change their surroundings, they themselves had to change.”
Lisa Van Allen, The Night Garden

“The good thing about problems is that it seems like there's only one way to get into them, but there's usually lots of ways out.”
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“If you're reading this, there's been a death in the family (mine) and I'm sorry for your loss.”
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“there's this thing about rainbows. they're perfect from afar. but when you get real close to them, they just disappear.”
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“I say, 'Get me some poets as managers.' Poets are our original systems thinkers. They contemplate the world in which we live and feel obligated to interpret, and give expression to it in a way that makes the reader understand how that world runs. Poets, those unheralded systems thinkers, are our true digital thinkers. It is from their midst that I believe we will draw tomorrow's new business leaders."

--Sidney Harman, CEO Multimillionaire of a stereo components company”
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No pretensions: just poetry. Stop by, recommend books, offer up poems (excerpted), tempt us, taunt us, tell us what to read and where to go (to read ...more

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