The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
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Synopsis

Every gift has a price . . . every piece of lace has a secret.

Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations. Now the disappearance of two women is bringing Towner back home to Salem—and is bringing to light the shocking truth about the death of her twin sister.

 

About Brunonia Barry

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Brunonia Barry lives in Salem with her husband and their beloved golden retriever, Byzantium.
 
Published October 6, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 418 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction

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Soon after her return, Towner finds herself in the center of a deeper mystery when another woman disappears: Angela Rickey, a runaway teen who fell in with the Calvinists, a fundamentalist Puritan cult headed by Cal Boynton, an abusive former alcoholic who was once married to Towner’s Aunt Emma.

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In fact, the lace theme is so dominant that each chapter is prefaced with an extract from The Lace Reader's Guide by Eva Whitney, the practice of lace-reading a highly convincing invention of Barry's.

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Examiner

The Lace Reader makes the reader think and feel, and a shocking ending will make the reader want to re-read the novel, just to put the pieces together again.

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Book Reporter

But when the police discover Eva's body --- and when Eva's will reveals that she has left everything to Eva --- Towner begins to wonder whether Eva, or Eva's spirit, has brought her back to Salem for a reason.

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USA Today

It's a contemporary tale of family secrets, intolerance and fanaticism.Brunonia Barry's debut, initially self-published and now part of a sizable two-book deal with William Morrow, has been drawing comparisons to memorable gothic novels, including Rebecca and The Thirteenth Tale.Barry's modern-da...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Sophya Whitney, or Towner, as she prefers to be known, warns that the reader must never believe her, as she lies all the time.

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Tampa Bay Times

Physically and emotionally she becomes less and less reliable, and her gift for reading the future through lace seems as unstable and unreliable as the rest of her.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Joy Tipping St. Petersburg Times 4 of 5 Stars "In The Lace Reader, Barry has written one of those lovely novels that is easy to dive into and that lingers in your thoughts.

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Towner slowly reveals the truth, sometimes reading lace to find patterns.

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