A breathtaking debut about love and war, and the battle to save a precious legacy
Each lace shawl begins and ends the same way – with a circle. Everything is connected with a thread as fine as gossamer, each life affected by what has come before it and what will come after.
1941, Estonia. As Stalin’s brutal Red Army crushes everything in its path, Katarina and her family survive only because their precious farm produce is needed to feed the occupying forces.
Fiercely partisan, Katarina battles to protect her grandmother’s precious legacy – the weaving of gossamer lace shawls stitched with intricate patterns that tell the stories passed down through generations.
While Katarina struggles to survive the daily oppression, another young woman is suffocating in her prison of privilege in Moscow. Yearning for freedom and to discover her beloved mother’s Baltic heritage, Lydia escapes to Estonia.
Facing the threat of invasion by Hitler’s encroaching Third Reich, Katarina and Lydia and two idealistic young soldiers, insurgents in the battle for their homeland, find themselves in a fight for life, liberty and love.
I was drawn to this story by the time period, the setting, the title and the fact everyone was talking about it. And, wow! It so lived up to the hype.
What an amazing debut novel and by an Australian author. I am in awe of the talent in this country. This is one story worthy of a world-wide audience. There is something to learn and a lot to love about The Lace Weaver.
The author has woven an evocative and soul-searching plot and the shawl motif woven throughout a story that explores love, family and friendship and the tragedy of war, is both clever and beautifully done.
I had such a strong connection to every character and felt their pride and their heartache.
A must read that goes to the top of my list for 2018. Well done Lauren Chater, I look forward to your next story.
Published by Simon and Schuster Australia