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A single thread

by Chevalier, Tracy,

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Summary
An immersive, moving story of a woman coming into her own at the dawn of the Second World War, from internationally bestselling author Tracy Chevalier1932. After the Great War took both her beloved brother and her fiancé, Violet Speedwell has become a "surplus woman," one of a generation doomed to a life of spinsterhood after the war killed so many young men. Yet Violet cannot reconcile herself to a life spent caring for her grieving, embittered mother. After countless meals of boiled eggs and dry toast, she saves enough to move out of her mother's place and into the town of Winchester, home to one of England's grandest cathedrals. There, Violet is drawn into a society of broderers—women who embroider kneelers for the Cathedral, carrying on a centuries-long tradition of bringing comfort to worshippers. Violet finds support and community in the group, fulfillment in the work they create, and even a growing friendship with the vivacious Gilda. But when forces threaten her new independence and another war appears on the horizon, Violet must fight to put down roots in a place where women aren't expected to grow. Told in Chevalier's glorious prose, A Single Thread is a timeless story of friendship, love, and a woman crafting her own life.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Violet Speedwell's life is not what she would have wished. The Great War took her fiancé, and now, in 1932, she's a 38-year-old surplus woman. Rather than martyr herself to caring for a toxic mother, Violet moves to Winchester to work. She joins the cathedral broderers, women whose needlework glorifies the church. She finds community and is soon drawn to one of the cathedral bell-ringers. Best-selling Chevalier presents women suffering spinsterhood as embarrassing at best, shameful at worst, to themselves and others. Violet's lack of a husband is her defining feature, conveying the difficulty of building an independent life as a meager salary keeps her threadbare, cold, and constantly hungry. She is pitied and disregarded, and even female friendships, including with a lesbian couple, are problematic. Chevalier's appealing characterization of similarly unwed yet indomitable Louisa Pesel, world traveler and first president of the Embroiderers' Guild of England, provides a marked contrast in contentment and purpose. Chevalier is strongest when describing artistic pursuits, from stitchery to ringing church bells, and that is where the novel both educates and engrosses.--Bethany Latham Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring) celebrates the embroiderers of Winchester Cathedral in this appealing story of a 38-year-old spinster who learns needlecraft from real-life embroidery pioneer Louisa Pesel. In 1932, Violet Speedwell is what newspapers of the day call a surplus woman: unmarried and likely to remain so. Working as a typist in Winchester, Violet visits the cathedral, where she admires the intricate canvas embroidery on the kneelers, cushions, and other accessories. She joins the Winchester Cathedral Broderers Group and, after an unpromising start, becomes proficient under the mentorship of group founder Louisa Pesel. A fellow embroiderer introduces Violet to Arthur Knight, a 60-year-old married bell-ringer who, like Violet, has suffered the death of a loved one. Arthur protects Violet from a stalker and takes her to the bell tower to show her the ropes. Violet's confidence grows as she learns to handle a needle, her mother, and her own desires. Chevalier excels at detailing the creative process, humanizing historical figures and capturing everyday life. With its bittersweet romance and gentle pace, Chevalier's latest may be less powerful than her best novels, but it vividly and meticulously shows how vision, teamwork, and persistence raise needlecraft from routine stitching to an inspirational and liberating art. (Sept.)"
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Subjects Literature
Historical Fiction
Fiction
Electronic books.
Historical fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Penguin Publishing Group2019
2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
Format: Kindle Book
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780525558255
9780525558255
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