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The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony
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Dec 17, 12

Read in December, 2012

This was news to me, that there was a time in French history when lace was contraband. To possess it was a criminal act and to smuggle it into the country was treasonous. Whenever someone with means wants something they can’t readily have, there is always someone who will get it for them for a price, regardless of the risk or who they have to abuse and use to get it.

Told in multiple view points, including that of a dog who is a smuggler’s runner, it is obvious the story is really about people – and a dog – and what they value most in life and what they are willing to do or suffer to have it.

I was especially intrigued by the notion that what makes lace beautiful is the part that isn’t there – the air between the threads that creates the pattern – that is the part that gives lace its artistry; the invisible part. That is remarkable to me and worthy of pondering.

It’s a great read folks, not a cozy feel-good bedtime book, but a thought-provoking page-turner that you won’t want to put down.
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message 1: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Richmond Wow, Susan - sounds unique! Thanks for the recommendation!


Susan Meissner If you like historical fiction, you're going to love it...


message 3: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Richmond I'd better like historical fiction, since I'm writing it!


Susan Meissner That made me laugh!


message 5: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Richmond Hey, I could write comedy! No, Mary Connealy has that covered!


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