A Single Thread (Large Print / Library Binding)

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"Set in England in the 1930s, we meet Violet Speedwell, her fiance and brother killed in the war, and her mother unable to cope with her own losses. Violet’s prospects seem bleak living as a spinster languishing in her mother’s house. Bravely, she moves out on her own to a new job and a new town where she falls under the spell of the grand cathedral and the important job of embroidering the kneelers. Drawn into a new world of friendship and acceptance, Violet is able to become the woman she wants to be, on her own terms. Chevalier’s writing is captivating (as anyone who has read Girl with a Pearl Earring knows!) and wraps the reader in a cloak of enchantment. A Single Thread will prove to be one of the great historical fiction titles of the year!"

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An immersive, moving story of a woman coming into her own at the dawn of the Second World War, from internationally bestselling author Tracy Chevalier
1932. After the Great War took both her beloved brother and her fianc�, 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.

About the Author


Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of nine previous novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film. Born and raised in Washington, DC, she lives in London with her husband and son.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781432870317
ISBN-10: 1432870319
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2019
Language: English