A Single Thread

A Single Thread

1932. 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...

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Title:A Single Thread
Author:Tracy Chevalier
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A Single Thread Reviews

  • Ceecee
    In a world that increasingly appears to have gone mad this book is a soothing, calming balm! This story is understated, gentle and about a bye gone age when societies rules and foibles are usually strictly obeyed. Tracy Chevalier is an author who can create a picture, a character and an atmosphere w...
  • Tammy
    Despite having neither the temperament nor the talent to actively engage in the fiber arts, I have always had an interest in them. My forays into the world of knitting and needlepoint have resulted in frustration and, I sheepishly admit, swearing like a sailor. We have a world renowned art museum he...
  • Linda
    "A story is like building a chapel; A novel is a cathedral." (Rosario Ferre)Tracy Chevalier centers A Single Thread around the majesty of the Cathedral in Winchester with its mighty presence and its abundant history. Winchester Cathedral becomes the focal point of what has occured in the past in its...
  • Paromjit
    In A Single Thread, Tracy Chevalier paints a richly detailed picture of history and social change in England in the inter war years, set in the beautiful location of Winchester, with its magnificent cathedral. In a well researched character driven story, it is 1932, 38 year old Violet Speedwell is d...
  • Angela M
    Violet inadvertently walks into the Winchester Cathedral during a ceremony for the “broderers” and is taken with the embroidered kneelers. I was not and the first part of the book was a trudge for me. I was bored. I kept reading, though, because I admired how Violet asserted her independen...
  • Esil
    3.25 starsA Single Thread had the ingredients for the kind of novel I usually love, but unfortunately I found it quite flat in the delivery. The story is set in the early 1930s, and focuses on Violet. Violet is 37 years old, and thinks of herself as a “surplus woman”. She wasn’t able ...
  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    This was my first time reading a novel by Tracy Chevalier and I have a somewhat mixed reaction. That's not to say the book is not enjoyable, because it really is. But something was a little bit missing for me and by about the 2/3 mark I was really ready for the book to be over. A Single Thread follo...
  • Diane S ☔
    DNF at 50%. Feel awful because this is my monthly read with Esil and Angela. This for me is one of those books that one neither hates nor likes.. It is just stagnant. If you like embroidery or hell ringers you might have better luck. it is missing a spark, just too much yada yada....

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