OUR BOOK CLUB PICK FOR March 2020
A Single Thread
by Tracy Chevalier
On the first Tuesday of every month, The Bookstore Plus hosts a unique Book Club experience where readers have the opportunity to discuss the book club pick with the author via video chat! Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, at 6:00 pm the author, Tracy Chevalier, will join us via Skype to discuss and answer questions about her newest book, A Single Thread. Our book club is open to the public. Pick up your copy today at The Bookstore Plus.
About The Book|
It is 1932 and Violet Speedwell is a “surplus woman” – one of millions of English women unable to marry since World War I decimated a generation of potential spouses. Looked down on by the press, tolerated with gentle exasperation by families, these women live at a time when society has rigid expectations of what a single woman might do with her life. Violet is about to challenge those restrictions.
Choosing to leave her cantankerous mother and take up an office job in the cathedral city of Winchester, Violet searches for new friends and a new community. She unexpectedly discovers one in a volunteer group of “broderers” – women who are embroidering cushions and kneelers for the city’s magnificent cathedral.
While Violet finds friendship, support and creative fulfillment in the group, she also encounters condescension and prejudice. And in the background, fascism grows on the Continent and Hitler comes to power in Germany... In large and small ways, Violet must learn how to stand up for herself in a world that is still hostile to independent women.
About The Author|
Tracy was born in October 1962 and grew up in Washington, DC, where her father was a photographer for the Washington Post. It’s a strange place to live if you’re not involved in politics. After graduating with a BA in English from Oberlin College in Ohio, she moved to London, and has lived there ever since, with her British husband and son. She now has dual nationality, but my accent is still American.
She worked for several years as a reference book editor, which taught her a lot about research, accuracy, and the importance of editing as part of the writing process. She put these lessons to use when she did an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. She then juggled freelance editing with writing until her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, began to do well, and shhe was able to write full-time. She has published 10 novels so far. She's working on her 11th/
When asked about hobbies, She is always baffled at how to respond. Her life isn’t divided into work and play; it’s one jumbled free-for-all. If pressed she would say: quilting, though I make them slowly and not particularly well. Gardening, though she say's shesno good at keeping a tidy, show-stopping garden. She claims she's much better at guerrilla gardening, shoving plants willy-nilly into the small public patch in front of my house. And of course, reading, which has been a constant all her life, like brushing her teeth or drinking water.
Please join us for this super exciting and unique event!