A Single Thread (Paperback)Tracy Chevalier (author)
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The shadow of war – one past but still deeply felt, one chillingly inevitable – hangs over Chevalier’s mesmerising new novel. A moving and thoughtful examination of womanhood in turbulent 1930s England, A Single Thread resounds with understated power and delicate beauty.
Violet is 38.
The First World War took everything from her. Her brother, her fiance - and her future. She is now considered a 'surplus woman'.
But Violet is also fiercely independent and determined. Escaping her suffocating mother, she moves to Winchester to start a new life -a change that will require courage, resilience and acts of quiet rebellion. And when whispers of another world war surface, she must live with a secret that could change everything...
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm
'Bittersweet ... dazzling' - Guardian
'Tracy Chevalier shows once again her ability to illuminate ordinary lives and to pay attention to those most often ignored ... movingly examines hidden depths beneath quiet exteriors' - Sunday Times
'Writing with quiet but devastating empathy, Tracy Chevalier pinpoints Violet's predicament as a single woman, her unexpected emotional crisis and her struggle to give her life depth and meaning. I loved it' - Daily Mail
'A well-woven story of love ... Chevalier has such a sure eye for details, whether she is describing the loveliness of the cathedral or the dismal interior of a 1930s boarding house. Reading this is deeply pleasurable' - The Times
'I enjoyed A Single Thread enormously. Tracy Chevalier wonderfully evokes the social climate of the nineteen thirties - this is the intriguing story of a young woman facing the conventions and prejudices of the day, told with a wealth of detail and narrative intensity' - Penelope Lively
'Tracy Chevalier's quietly moving story of a woman finding freedom in the 1930s is a gem' - Stylist
'Evocative and beautifully written' - Sunday Express Magazine
'I loved it. So compelling and warm and subtle, and very moving' - Bridget Collins, author of The Binding
'Evocative, beautifully written' - Daily Mirror
'Beautifully written ... utterly immersive' - Red
'Atmospheric ... wonderful' - Good Housekeeping
'I loved it! Enchanting and full of hope. Absolutely needed in this political climate' - Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions
'A fierce and moving book about the great courage of a small life' - Sadie Jones
'It's a chance encounter that sets Violet on an unexpectedly rewarding path in this pleasant, leisurely paced novel' - i Paper
'Absorbing, empathetic, poignant' - Daily Mail
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