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Monday, October 27, 2008

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Year: 2008
ISBN: 0061624764
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
My first response after finishing The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry was WOW. This book literally blew me away. From its opening lines to the last page I was hooked. I could not put this book down. This was an unfortunate reaction since I started it during lunch one day at work. Since I knew that this was a book that would consume me. That this was the sort of book in which you can’t take breaks from I did end up setting it aside…temporarily. I was leaving on a trip to visit with my sister soon and the plane ride would provide the perfect uninterrupted time that I needed to read this book.

This story was delightful…absolutely amazing. The words are lyrical and the paragraphs pure poetry. The journey of Towner Whitney is one of self discovery. For so long she has been denying a part of herself. When her aunt dies she is forced to return to her hometown of Salem, Massachussetts. While there she is forced to confront her past and learn how to move forward. It is hard to find words to describe just how wonderful that this story was. It sucks you in and doesn’t let go. Not even when you have read the last line. Its a story that will stay with you long after you read it. Currently Barry is hard at work on her next story. Set in the same timeframe as Lace Reader and if its even half as good as this one then I know that it will be a book worth reading too.

Oh and those memorable first lines I mentioned…they are: “My name is Towner Whitney. No, that’s not exactly true. My real name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time.” With in an intro like that…how can you not read on to see what happens next?

Before I go…many many thanks to Tapestry100 and his sister for getting me a signed copy. Its something that I’ll cherish for years.

2 Responses to “The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry”

  1. Irish

    It is great. Once you get it you should move it to the top of the pile. You won’t regret it.