A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier audiobook

A Single Thread: A Novel

By Tracy Chevalier
Read by Fenella Woolgar

Penguin Audio 9780525558248

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780593149164

  • ISBN: 9780593149164

Runtime: 10.86 Hours
Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Booklist Editors’ Choice of the Year's Best Audiobooks

"A buoyant tale about the path to acceptance and joy--beginning, like all journeys, with one brave step."--People

"The best-selling novelist has done a masterful job of depicting the circumstances of a generation of women we seldom think about: the mothers, sisters, wives and fiances of men lost in World War I, whose job it was to remember those lost but not forgotten."--Associated Press

A BEST BOOK OF 2019 with The New York Public Library | USA TODAY | Real Simple | Good Housekeeping | Chicago Sun Time | TIME | PopSugar | The New York Post | Parade


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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Woolgar’s command performance gives the story living flesh.” Booklist (starred audio review)
“The large cast of characters is brought to life by Woolgar’s masterful tone, pacing, and use of accents to bring their diverse personalities to life. Her delivery of narrative is consistent and melodious. Violet’s own voice slowly but surely gains strength as her new life takes shape. The whining bitterness of her mother, the exuberance of Gilda, the self-contained confidence of Dorothy, the overbearing impatience of Mrs. Biggins, and the friendliness of Mrs. Pesel bring the cathedral’s embroiderers to life.” AudioFile
“The plot, and Chevalier’s delicate handling of Violet’s love interest, is seamless.” NPR
The best-selling novelist has done a masterful job of depicting the circumstances of a generation of women we seldom think about: the mothers, sisters, wives and fiances of men lost in World War I, whose job it was to remember those lost but not forgotten. Associated Press
This novel will stay with you for a long time, and may be Chevalier's best yet. Irish Times
A Single Thread is a soft-spoken story with so much heart. The characters are lovely; they are people you want to know more about even after you have turned the last page. They all have their secrets, their fears and their faults. But they come together for each other when needed, and those threads make for a delightful read. BookReporter
A well-woven story of love…reading this is deeply pleasurable and the ending made me cry. The Times UK
Chevalier excels at detailing the creative process, humanizing historical figures and capturing everyday life. Publishers Weekly
Chevalier subtly weaves their captivating story toward a satisfying conclusion that makes A Single Thread into a singular sensation. Washington Independent Review of Books
Tracy Chevalier once again proves herself a reflective and generous crafter of smart, thoughtful popular fiction. Newsday.com

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Tracy Chevalier

Author Bio: Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film, as well as several other novels.

Titles by Author

Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 10.86
Audience: Adult
Language: English