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The lace reader (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Brunonia Barry

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Title:The lace reader
Authors:Brunonia Barry
Info:New York : William Morrow, [2008], c2006.
Collections:Your library, To read
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, hardcover, read, read in 2012

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The Lace Reader: A Novel by Brunonia Barry (2006)

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This book didn't come together for me. ( )
  Cricket856 | Jan 25, 2016 |
Towner Whitney, currently in a mental hospital in California, returns to Salem, Mass. after the death of her great Aunt Eva, a woman who can see the past, present, and future by reading lace. I found the novel difficult to read because many of the primary characters were not well defined and the plot plodded along at times. It had its moments but they were few and far between. ( )
  John_Warner | Jan 21, 2016 |
Very entertaining. However, the end happened like a tsunami! I had to read the last several chapters again. My mind was set in one direction and the ending turned it completely upside down. I am not sure I was able to process before the book ended. I would have preferred a few more chapters describing this new world order. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
The Lace Reader Brunonia Barry
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283 Pages

Towner is a woman who has suffered mental health problems in the past she left her home in Salem as a young woman vowing never to return but now her friend aka adopted Grandmother Eva is missing Towner knows she must return home to learn the truth.

Interspersed with extracts from Eva's guide to lace reading (a method of psychic fortune telling) this is a story about home, about family and about facing the truth about yourself and your past.

Of course being set in Salem expect the appearance of real life witches as well as wannabees and throw in a reformed? wife beater turned cult leader and temperatures are set to reach boiling point.
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  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
Towner Whitney returns to Salem when her aunt disappears and the disappearance ends up tying into events from Towners childhood. Large portions of the story just dragged for me and the "twist" at the end of the book came out of left field and was pretty unbelievable to me. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
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For 15 år siden, da Towner Whitneys liv ble lagt i grus, sverget hun på to ting: At hun aldri skulle sette sine ben i hjembyen Salem igjen. Og at hun aldri mer ville lese i kniplinger. For Towner har arvet denne sjette sansen, den mange av Whitney-klanens kvinner er utstyrt med, den som gjør dem i stand til å spå andres skjebne.
Det er bare ett eneste menneske som kan få Towner tilbake til Salem: Grandtante Eva - den beste kniplingleseren av dem alle. Nå er den gamle kvinnen sporløst borte. Kan Towner finne sannheten om familiens dypt bevarte hemmeligheter i Evas forlatte hus?

"Kniplingenes hemmelighet" foregår i fargerike Salem, byen som er berømt for fortidens utallige heksebål. Historien om Towner favner vidt og er spenningsroman, slektskrønike, historisk skildring og magisk fortelling - men først og fremst er det en sterk og varm beretning som fanger leseren fra Towners første, skjebnesvangre ord: Mitt navn er Towner Whitney. Nei, det er ikke helt sant. I virkeligheten er fornavnet mitt Sophya. Tro aldri på det jeg sier. Jeg lyver i ett sett. Jeg er en gal kvinne - dette siste er san
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Epigraph
The Lace Reader must stare at the piece of lace until the pattern blurs and the face of the Seeker disappears completely behind the veil. When the eyes begin to fill with tears and the patience is long exhausted, there will appear a glimpse of something not quite seen. In this moment an image will begin to form . . . in the space between what is real and what is only imagined. --The Lace Reader's Guide
Dedication
To my wonderful husband, Gary, and to my sister-in-law Joanne's magical red hair
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My name is Towner Whitney. No, that's not exactly true. My real first name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time.
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He was worse than a Starbucks snob, but he didn't tell her that. He didn't even drink Starbucks coffee. Used to. Then, last year, his daughter had saved up her allowance and bought him a French press for Christmas, and now he couldn't drink his coffee any other way.
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Towner Whitney, descended from a line of mind readers and fortune tellers, returns to Salem, Massachusetts to recover from several traumas and discovers that her great-aunt Eva has suspiciously drowned, and local cop John Rafferty looks into the mystery while falling for Towner.
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Amazon Best of the Month, August 2008: Brunonia Barry dreamt she saw a prophecy in a piece of lace, a vision so potent she spun it into a novel. The Lace Reader retains the strange magic of a vivid dream, though Barry's portrayal of modern-day Salem, Massachusetts--with its fascinating cast of eccentrics--is reportedly spot-on. Some of its stranger residents include generations of Whitney women, with a gift for seeing the future in the lace they make. Towner Whitney, back to Salem from self-imposed exile on the West Coast, has plans for recuperation that evaporate with her great-aunt Eva's mysterious drowning. Fighting fear from a traumatic adolescence she can barely remember, Towner digs in for answers. But questions compound with the disappearance of a young woman under the thrall of a local fire-and-brimstone preacher, whose history of violence against Whitney women makes the situation personal for Towner. Her role in cop John Rafferty's investigation sparks a tentative romance. And as they scramble to avert disaster, the past that had slipped through the gaps in Towner's memory explodes into the present with a violence that capsizes her concept of truth. Readers will look back at the story in a new light, picking out the clues in this complex, lovely piece of work. --Mari Malcolm

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A young woman descended from a long line of mind readers and fortune tellers has returned to her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, for rest and relaxation. Any tranquility in her life is short-lived, however, when her aunt drowns under mysterious circumstances.… (more)

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