Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of nine previous novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into 39 languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson.
Chevalier's tenth and newest novel, A Single Thread, is an immersive, moving story of a woman coming into her own at the dawn of the Second World War. After the Great War took 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. She finally saves enough to move out of her mother's place and into the town of Winchester, home to one of England's grandest cathedrals, where she 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 a sense of community, fulfillment in the work they create, and even a growing friendship. But when forces threaten her new independence and another war appears on the horizon, Violet must fight to put down roots. Told in Chevalier's glorious prose, A Single Thread is a timeless story of friendship, love, and a woman crafting her own life.
“Chevalier is a master at foregrounding the small, dramatic stories of overlooked people from the past.”