It’s been a year since the Big One―the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake―devastated Portland. While Meryem Zarfati’s injuries have healed and her neighborhood is rebuilding, her mother is still missing. Refusing to give up hope, Meryem continues to search for her mother, even as she learns to live without her in a changed Portland. Along the way, she struggles with her Jewish-Vietnamese heritage and what it means to honor her ancestry. After she receives a magical prayer shawl handed down from her maternal grandmother, a mysterious stranger appears and Meryem is called to save a young girl living in slavery―in sixteenth-century Istanbul. The third companion in the Oregon Book Award–winning Blue Thread series explores how we recover―and rebuild―after the worst has happened.
“In Seven Stitches, Ruth Feldman is equally adept at evoking the past and imagining a future Portland, with compelling characters in every era.” — Sara Ryan
“In a world full of books with tacked-on diversity, here is one that’s multicultural to its core. Readers with an appreciation for Jewish and Muslim history will find it a welcome mirror, and those unfamiliar will be awakened to an era of more peaceful coexistence between Jews and Muslims. . . A thoroughly modern time-travel story with the heart of A Wrinkle in Time. . .That rarest of things, a hopeful postapocalyptic story that would do the #choosekind movement proud.” — Rosanne Parry
“A warm, heartfelt and intelligent book with relatable characters, an engaging mix of history and imagination, and a touch of magic.” — Robyn Bavati
Start to Finish
When I took over this project at the end of spring term last year, I honestly could not imagine this end point: we have a finished book, reviews coming in, and several upcoming book events. It has been a long road, and yet it feels just like yesterday that my predecessor was graduating and handing me the reigns. And now, as we wrap up the marketing plan for Seven Stitches and celebrate the launch, we turn to a new manuscript. This is one of the most amazing aspects of our time at Ooligan Press. We have our hands in so many pieces of the process.