A Single Thread
It is 1932, and the losses of the First World War are still keenly felt. Violet Speedwell, mourning for both her fiancé and her brother and regarded by society as a ‘surplus woman’ unlikely to marry, resolves to escape her suffocating mother and strike out alone.
A new life awaits her in Winchester. Yes, it...more
A Single Thread follows the character of Violet Speedwell in 1930s England. Violet is in her late thirties and is what is known at the time as a "surplus woman" meaning that she is unmarried and most likely without any pr ...more
Tracy Chevalier centers A Single Thread around the majesty of the Cathedral in Winchester with its mighty presence and its abundant history. Winchester Cathedral becomes the focal point of what has occured in the past in its community and what is transpiring in early May of 1932.
Winchester still bears the scars of World War I in which loss sits heavily at the elbow of family upon family. Young men left the township in dr ...more
A Single Thread had the ingredients for the kind of novel I usually love, but unfortunately I found it quite flat in the delivery. The story is set in the early 1930s, and focuses on Violet. Violet is 37 years old, and thinks of herself as a “surplus woman”. She wasn’t able to marry because so many men were killed during WWI, and her options in life are seriously limited by her sex and marital status. The story focuses on a year when Violet leaves her mother’s home and goes to live in ...more
When the team from LoveReading UK contacted me regarding A Single Thread, all I knew was that I loved Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier and would therefore read any other book she writes.
A Single Thread follows the life of Violet, during the year 1932, a few years after the First World War. Violet has lost her brother and fiance in the war and is still learning to cope. She is labelled as a ”surplus woman” by the society, a woman that ...more
It’s 1932, Victoria Speedwell is 38 years old, unmarried and suffering the losses of her fiancé and brother in the war. Like so many others at that time. She is deemed a ‘surplus’ woman after the losses of men and married women fear her. She decides that she wants to be more independent and doesn’t want to live with her mother an ...more
But. Having never read a Tracy Chevalier book I wasn't aware that her writing could wash away my scepticism within about 2 ...more
As with all the Tracey Chevalier novels that I have read there is an historical theme. This book focuses on the broderers and bellringers in Winchester Cathedral. The broderers are a group who do canva ...more
World War I has left her bereft after the loss of her eldest brother, George, and fiancé Laurence. With the recent death of her beloved father, Violet feels one loss too many. With ...more
She has to fight hard to keep her ...more
In 1933, Violet Speedwell is one of the many “surplus” women — women for whom there simply are no men, WWI having depleted the stores. This quiet, slow-paced, and yet utterly engrossing novel follows the 38-year old Violet as she slowly makes an independent life for herself without the availability of traditional options.
Leaving her home in Southampton and her embittered and critical mother, she takes a low-paid typing job and ...more
This is a dull book. It's OK but dull. It concerns a woman who is struggling after the end of WWI. Her brother and her fiance have both been killed in the War and there are very few single men after so many have died. She is suffering under her mother's ...more
Violet’s fierce, and quietly cultivated determination are as vibrant with illustrated as a single woman pretrade in this time.
We don’t often read about a character so well drawn, but she amongst an incredible cast of characters with their own brilliant and well developed personalities create a historical fiction that only Tracy Chevalier could write!
Well comped to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, for its delightful and innate charm; with literar ...more
Her writing is outstanding and the book is a delight to read.
It tells the story of a very ordinary young woman, Violet, who has had the misfortune to become one of the thousands of "surplus" women following World War One. In an era when a woman’s worth was measured by the quality of hu ...more
A few years ago I used to impatiently wait for every new Tracy Chevalier book, reading them as soon as they came out. After missing some of her newest releases I jumped at the chance to read her newest book when I saw it was up for request. Sadly, I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to.
Set in the 1930s, A single thread tells the story of Violet Speedwell, a 38 years old woman who af ...more
What a great story! I stayed up late a few nights due to this novel. I’m hoping we see these characters again! I can see more to this story.
One character I was unsure of was Jack Wells and how he fit into the story.
Looking forward to read more from Tracy Chevalier.
19 October 1962 in Washington, DC. Youngest of 3 children. Father was a photographer for The Washington Post.
Nerdy. Spent a lot of time lying on my bed reading. Favorite authors back then: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madeleine L’Engle, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Joan Aiken, Susan Cooper, Lloyd Alexander. Book I would have taken to a desert island: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.