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Single Thread
Single Thread | Tracy Chevalier
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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.
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Sharpeipup
Single Thread | Tracy Chevalier
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Read this after a friend recommended it to me.
#recommendsday

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
A Single Thread | Tracy Chevalier
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Pickpick

This is a solid pick because of Fenella Woolgar's narration. She turned this rather dry read into a lovely story to listen to. Violet is lovely as well, and Fenella made her more so. I know this is a book about the women left with no husbands, fiances, brothers, fathers, etc after WWI and their struggles to live independent and sometimes lonely lives - but the majority was about embroidery and bells and oh my it was dry, yet quiet and lovely.

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squirrelbrain
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Violet lost her brother and fiancé in WW1 and has just moved out of the home she shared with her overbearing mother. This book goes in-depth into a hitherto unknown subject, as many of Chevalier‘s books do; this time its the embroidery of church kneelers, as well as a spot of bell-ringing too...!

There is, as always, an absorbing storyline alongside the fascinating facts, which made for an unputdownable book.

#netgalley #asinglethread

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PatriciaU
Single Thread | Tracy Chevalier
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Reading this tonight and desperately wanting to learn how to embroider!

LiteraryinLititz Oooh, how beautiful! Good luck! 1mo
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Abailliekaras
Single Thread | Tracy Chevalier
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Our interview with Tracy Chevalier is up now on Books On The Go! We loved this book and Tracy was a delight to chat with. Take a listen! 🤩🎧

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Sills
A Single Thread | Tracy Chevalier
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Has anyone read this? I love historical fiction but would like to hear from my Litsy
friends? "A Single Thread"
#friendsopinions
#callinglitsyreaders
#historicalfictionlovers

Follow.my.read Just picked it up at the library! 2mo
Sills @Follow.my.read please post when you read🙂 2mo
Sapphire Listening on audible and enjoying. I have enjoyed Chevalier before, especially lady and the unicorn and impossible creatures. Wasn't going to read this one until I heard her speak at DMA. 2mo
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VanessaCW
Single Thread | Tracy Chevalier
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I thought this was a delightful and thoughtfully written tale of friendship, family and unrequited love. Tracy Chevalier has woven a brilliant story touching on social history during the inter-war years. It‘s well researched and beautifully combines historical fact with fiction, giving a great sense of time and place. The writing style is wonderful, the author has her own reflective and engaging approach - it easily transported me to the era.

booksbrewsandbooze I love this author so much! 2mo
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Pandalibrarian
Single Thread | Tracy Chevalier
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Violet is a “surplus woman” who finally begins life on her own at 38. She moves to a new town, becomes a “broderer” or someone who embroiders, meets a man, and more. In addition to the art of embroidery and needlework, we also learn about the art of bell ringing. The relationships between Violet, her family, and friends form the core of this book. Tracy Chevalier brings in lots of historical detail.

charl08 I've not come across this one, but sounds great. 3mo
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