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The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony
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Sep 02, 2012

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, arc
Recommended for: Phoebe
Read from September 02 to 08, 2012

During the reign of King Louis XIII, lace was banned in France. The story of six people and one dog and the importance of lace in their lives during this time is told in alternating chapters beginning with Katharina. At 30 years of age Katharina is the best and oldest lacemaker in a convent. She is practically blind and sits hunched over. Her older sister wishes to buy her freedom but the head nun won't giver her up. When the nuns find out Katharina will be kicked out of the convent and fated to become a prostitute as all the past lacemakers have become. As a child, the Count stayed at Lisette's home. She snuck into his room to spy and found some beautiful lace that she soiled. Her father has to pay the Count back an absurb sum due to the increased value of the forbidden lace. Will lace be the ruin of these mostly humble characters or the salvation?

I liked how the stories came together. I found myself eagerly awaiting the fate of each of the characters, even the dog.
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