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Chevalier, Tracy (author.). Woolgar, Fenella, (narrator.).

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  • ISBN: 9780593149164
  • Physical Description: sound recording
    sound disc
    9 audio discs (approximately 11 hours) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Audio, 2019

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General Note: Compact discs.
Participant or Performer Note: Read by Fenella Woolgar.
Summary, etc.: 1932. After the Great War took both 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. After countless meals of boiled eggs and dry toast, she saves enough to move out of her mother's place and into the town of Winchester, home to one of England's grandest cathedrals. There, Violet 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 support and community in the group, fulfillment in the work they create, and even a growing friendship with the vivacious Gilda. But when forces threaten her new independence and another war appears on the horizon, Violet must fight to put down roots in a place where women aren't expected to grow.
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Subject: Single women -- England -- Fiction
Grief -- Fiction
Female friendship -- Fiction
Needleworkers -- England -- Fiction
Self-realization in women -- Fiction
Nineteen thirties -- Fiction
Needleworkers -- Fiction
Women -- England -- Fiction
Friendship -- Fiction
Lesbians -- Fiction
Single women -- Fiction
Winchester (England) -- Fiction
Great Britain -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction
Great Britain -- History -- George V, 1910-1936 -- Fiction
Winchester (England) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction
FICTION / Historical / General
FICTION / Literary
Female friendship
Great Britain
Genre: Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.


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