Title: Falling Angels

Author: Tracy Chevalier

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

In her New York Times bestselling follow-up, Tracy Chevalier once again paints a distant age with a rich and provocative palette of characters. Told through a variety of shifting perspectives- wives and husbands, friends and lovers, masters and their servants, and a gravedigger’s son-Falling Angels follows the fortunes of two families in the emerging years of the twentieth century.

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

Tracy Chevalier’s Falling Angels is set at a time of great change. There is a new monarch on the thrown, the constant changes of the post-industrial revolution age and most importantly, in this novel, it is the changing role of women.

What Chevalier presents is families at odds with how they feel about all of these changes. The interfamily dimensions are questioned and show the ruling patriarchy and how women had to fight for every scrap of rights that they had. Falling Angels is told in short chapters – at times they can be described as vignettes – and the differing perspectives give you a cultural backdrop of how each change has had a knock on effect. 

I am fairly new to Chevalier’s work and I have refrained from reading The Girl with the Pearl Earring because I don’t want it to colour my appreciation for her other books . However, if it is anything like the masterful and engaging writing in Falling Angels then I know that I am I for a treat.

Fallen Angels by Tracy Chevalier is available now.

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Title: A Single Thread

Author: Tracy Chevalier

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

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 is one of draughty boarding-houses and sidelong glances at her naked ring finger from younger colleagues; but it is also a life gleaming with independence and opportunity. Violet falls in with the broderers, a disparate group of women charged with embroidering kneelers for the Cathedral, and is soon entwined in their lives and their secrets. As the almost unthinkable threat of a second Great War appears on the horizon Violet collects a few secrets of her own that could just change everything…

The Review

I have never read anything by Tracy Chevalier before. I know she had big success with The Girl with the Pearl Earring but I never got round to reading it. When I as granted the opportunity to read A Single Thread I was glad that I hadn’t read anything previous because it gave me a chance to read it in a more pure way – without comparison to other work. I wanted to see if I liked Tracy Chevalier’s writing style.

I did. I really did.

A Single Thread is the story of Violet Speedwell. In post war Britain, Violet is trying to find her own place in the world whilst trying to come to terms with heartbreaking loss. Add on a miserable matriarch of a mother and you begin to get a sense of why Violet is feeling so suffocated in her own little corner of the world.

When an opportunity arises to spread her wings and leave her current situation Violet grabs it with both hands and refuses to let go. She makes a new life for herself and along the way makes friends at a broderers group. Although life has been cruel we see Violet – at 37 – finally start to grow up.

A Single Thread is a look at many things: post World War One and the devastation that came with it, the changing roles of women, and how we assert our independence.

I loved it.

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier is available now.

For more information regarding Tracy Chevalier (@Tracy_Chevalier) please visit www.tchevalier.com.

For more information regarding Harper Collins (@HarperCollins) please visit www.harpercollins.com.