The Thread Paperback – 24 May 2012
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'Enjoyable, thought-provoking and poignant' (Scottish Woman magazine)
'Sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious' (The Sunday Times)
'Fast-paced narrative and utterly convincing sense of place' (Guardian)
'Fresh, tenacious and rather intrepid' (Independent)
'This is storytelling at its best and just like a tapestry, when each thread is sewn into place, so emerge the layers and history of relationships past and present' (Sunday Express)
Her best novel yet (Scotsman)
'A brilliant page turner and destined to become a reading group staple, THE THREAD is rich with drama and historical detail' (Glamour)
'Meticulously researched and compellingly told' (Woman & Home)
'An evocative exploration of the past's hold on a family, with an exquisite love story at its centre' (Good Housekeeping)
'A book to lose yourself in' (We Love This Book)
'Sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious' The Sunday TimesSee all Product description
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We have Katerina: taken in by Eugenia and brought up with Eugenia's twin daughters. Their neighbours, the Morenos, have a tailor business and Katerina develops a love of and talent for sewing. Also living in the neighbourhood is Dimitri and his mother Olga - they are part of the wealthy elite but are living temporarily in a relatively poor area while their house is rebuilt. Dimitri's socialist / Communist values, heavily influenced by his childhood experiences, are deeply conflicting with those of his father who is sympathetic to the ruling elite.
The love story between Katerina and Dimitri is an important part of the story, as is the experiences of the Moreno family as Jews in WWII and the family conflict between Dimitri, his oppressed but sympathetic mother and his capitalist father.
While it was a lovely story, I was not swept up in it (unlike Victoria Hislop's "The Island") and at times I was plodding through it. A good read rather than a great one, but still very enjoyable.
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