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Lace Reader, the (2006) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Every gift has a price . . .

Every piece of lace has a secret . . .

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. . . .

Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, 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, but the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.

The Lace Reader is a mesmerizing tale that spirals into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies, and half-truths in which the reader quickly finds it's nearly impossible to separate fact from fiction, but as Towner Whitney points out early on in the novel, "There are no accidents."

Original title: The Lace Reader
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and Mystery

Edition #1: Lace Reader, the

Lace Reader, the (2006)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A most unusual and bewitching novel. Highly recommended." Library Journal
  • "An ambitious debut...Unusual and otherworldly, this is a blizzard of a story which surprisingly manages to pull together its historical, supernatural, and psychiatric elements." Kirkus Reviews
  • "Fans of Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island (2003), Chris Bohjalian's The Double Bind (2007), and other modern pop-psych mysteries will not be disappointed." Booklist
  • "Lovely and captivating...The Lace Reader showcases Barry's understanding of human nature. A splendid debut novel." Kristin Hannah
  • "Evocative, layered, smart, and astonishing, The Lace Reader is a fever dream of a novel that will haunt me for a long time to come. As Barry's characters unfolded their secrets in surprising, perfectly connected ways, I found myself slowing down to savor the language even as the story had me panting with impatience to turn the next page. The Salem, Massachusetts, that the Whitney women inhabit is a wild, dark place, and I loved every moment that I spent there." Joshilyn Jackson, author
  • "Barry excels at capturing the feel of small-town life, and balances action with close looks at the characters' inner worlds. Her pacing and use of different perspectives show tremendous skill and will keep readers captivated all the way through." Publishers Weekly
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Manifested in:

Lace Reader, the (July 29, 2008)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: 9780061624766
Dimensions: 6 x 9.1 x 1.3 in
Pages: 400

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