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The Lace Reader: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Not What You Expect

The author set the stage perfectly in this amazing book, ¿My name is Towner Whitney. No, that¿s not exactly true. My real name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time.¿ Towner Whitney had a rough life, at seventeen her twin sister died leaving Towner hospitalize...
The author set the stage perfectly in this amazing book, ¿My name is Towner Whitney. No, that¿s not exactly true. My real name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time.¿ Towner Whitney had a rough life, at seventeen her twin sister died leaving Towner hospitalized to undergo shock therapy. Soon afterward, Towner leaves Salem and moves cross-country to California. When she receives news of the death of her Great Aunt Eva, Towner makes the dreaded trip back home after a fifteen-year absence. Her return sparks lots of emotions and gossip and the story begins to unfold. The telling of a family history of the women in the Whitney family, who live life quite differently from everyone else and have a unique magical ability to read lace. Interwoven into the story is the background of Towner and her twin sister. Adding to the story is the random disappearance of a young woman tied to the family by strings unknown. The author manages to captivate the audience with her potent descriptions of Salem and its history. Layering and adding multiple stories, giving select information and perceptions to the reader, and throwing twists and turns around every corner, the final chapters explode into perfection. The Lace Reader is quirky and unique in its own way, but the style the author uses makes it a must read for anyone looking for something just off center. High praises for The Lace Reader and Brunonia Barry. Valerie Jones

posted by Anonymous on August 30, 2008

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13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Ok, not great

Based upon the summary and other reviews I was looking forward to reading the book. The idea of reading lace was intriguing and the setting sounded mysterious. I was all set for a weekend of escapist reading but was disappointed and ended up annoyed. The book started ...
Based upon the summary and other reviews I was looking forward to reading the book. The idea of reading lace was intriguing and the setting sounded mysterious. I was all set for a weekend of escapist reading but was disappointed and ended up annoyed. The book started out interesting, the plot went nowhere. The concept of lace reading was original but other than that it was filled with stereotypical characters (can anyone say recovering alcoholic Irish cop?, among others) Although the descriptions of people and places were well written, the plot was not. It was cluttered with non-essentials. By the end of the book, I really didn't care what happened to any of the characters. There are several reasons why I can't recommend the book, but it would spoil it for someone else who might not share my opinions. I was glad I checked it out of the library rather than purchasing.

posted by 611084 on March 2, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    Ok, not great

    Based upon the summary and other reviews I was looking forward to reading the book. The idea of reading lace was intriguing and the setting sounded mysterious. I was all set for a weekend of escapist reading but was disappointed and ended up annoyed. The book started out interesting, the plot went nowhere. The concept of lace reading was original but other than that it was filled with stereotypical characters (can anyone say recovering alcoholic Irish cop?, among others) Although the descriptions of people and places were well written, the plot was not. It was cluttered with non-essentials. By the end of the book, I really didn't care what happened to any of the characters. There are several reasons why I can't recommend the book, but it would spoil it for someone else who might not share my opinions. I was glad I checked it out of the library rather than purchasing.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not for Me!

    If you like a book with lots of local descriptions where plot and action are secondary, than this is for you. This book just never captured my attention, possibly because I do not subscribe to phrenology, mind reading, or lace reading as did many characters in the book. Way too fanciful for me.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    A New England Tale that was more of a miss than a hit

    Being from the area where this story takes place, I was very excited to read this book. I had recently read the Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and loved it! Unfortunately this book did not live up to my expectations. The author has an interesting story to tell, and is clearly familiar with the Salem, Massachusetts area, but there were way too many local references. After a while I began to wonder if she was being paid by the mention of local restaurants and attractions. I also found the characters for the most part unlikeable with exception of one or two. The fundamental religious component was also weird and disturbing. My book club (aside from me) enjoyed this book, so you don't have to take my word for it. I personally couldn't wait for it to be over and done.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Sluts and man sluts come here wait they already are here

    Bllllllllaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    Wouldn't recommend this book

    It was a good read but the ending didn't tie up any lose ends. I finished and realized that I have no idea what happened in the end. The author left a lot of things hanging and I didn't really understand what happen. Do not read if you like the answers to your questions and don't like to make up your own endings.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    Lace Letdown

    I found this book to be mediocre in both plot and writing style. The author had a habit of saying something in one paragraph and repeating it almost word-for-word in the next paragraph as a new thought. And she used repetitive phrases which became annoying. Also, the timeline - as near as I can figure - didn't jive - the story should be taking place around 1995 when cell phones were not that prevalent and yet several of the characters have them. I agree with fellow reviewers who said the characters were cardboard and predictable. Based upon reviews I read when this book first came out, I considered buying it in hard cover and am glad I did not waste my money.

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