A Single Thread

A Single Thread

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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 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.

Title:A Single Thread
Edition Language:English
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    A Single Thread Reviews

  • 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 c...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 str...

  • 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 ri...

  • imhear (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 missin...

  • 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 a...

  • 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....

  • TXGAL1

    The fabric of Violet Speedwell’s life begins to feel worn. It is 1932 and as a 38 year-old woman, under the controlling needs of her negative,widowed mother, Violet finally decides to take her life ...

  • SueLucie

    Not for the first time have I read a book by this author and been intrigued by the subject matter but underwhelmed by the story. This one was no exception. The plight of the ‘surplus women’ of the...