Unlimited [Cookbooks Book] Þ The Lace Reader - by Brunonia Barry ↠

By Brunonia Barry | Comments: ( 461 ) | Date: ( Feb 19, 2020 )

Every gift has a price every piece of lace has a secret.Towner Whitney, the self confessed unreliable narrator, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations Now the disappearance of two women is bringing Towner back home to Salem and is bringing to light the shockEvery gift has a price every piece of lace has a secret.Towner Whitney, the self confessed unreliable narrator, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations Now the disappearance of two women is bringing Towner back home to Salem and is bringing to light the shocking truth about the death of her twin sister.


  • Title: The Lace Reader
  • Author: Brunonia Barry
  • ISBN: 9780979159305
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Brunonia Barry

Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best selling author of THE LACE READER, THE MAP OF TRUE PLACES, and THE FIFTH PETAL, which will be released in January 2017 Her work has been translated into than thirty languages She was the first American author to win the International Women s Fiction Festival s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists Colony s Strnad Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival s award for Best Fiction, a People Magazine Pick, and s Best of the Month Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in The London Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post She is a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed Brunonia chairs the Salem Athenaeum s Writers Committee and serves on Grub Street s Development Committee She is the Executive Director of the Salem Lit Fest, an annual event that brings people to Salem, MA from all over the world She lives in Salem with her husband, Gary, and their dog, Angel.



Comments The Lace Reader

  • Gail

    If you liked THE LIFE OF PI, you might like this book. I didn't, and I wasn't real fond of this one by the time I got to the end of it. If that's a spoiler, so be it. This book actually made me mad.Okay, so this book is about a family of women with "the sight," who can read a person's future through lace. Except there's very little actual lace reading that goes on in the book. There's a fair bit of lace making, but no reading. The heroine has been estranged from her relatives, living on the oppo [...]


  • Julie

    The concept gets an A, the execution gets a C. The book is just a mess! In serious need of editing and rearrangement. I was often confused because it was hard to tell reality from dreams from hallucinations from delusions from memories. There were a lot of good ideas, but so many of them were totally unnecessary and others weren't fully fleshed-out. The author should have saved some of those ideas for other stories and developed them further (and maybe she will). As the book went on, the author [...]


  • Grace

    I'm biased in regards to this book, because this October, I'll be traveling to the North Shore and Salem for my honeymoon. So I was predisposed to enjoy the admittedly captivating descriptions of a city poised between the past and the (heavily marketed, witch-industry-based) future. But for everything wonderful about this book, there were other things that were muddy. Although the book warns the reader from literally the very beginning that we'll be seeing things through the eyes of someone who [...]


  • Sarah

    Reading this book is like falling asleep in a moderately interesting class. A moment flutters by that briefly captures your imagination, but mainly things are just droning along. Droning, that is, until the last moment when the teacher starts ranting and throwing things. Wow! I'm awake, I'm awake--what's happening? This book has one of those crazy twist endings that just doesn't make sense, and you suspect that you missed something since you were, after all, practically asleep. But you didn't. I [...]


  • Stacey

    Ever found yourself finishing a book out of obligation, to the book itself? That vague but relentless guilt that settles in when you have figured out exactly where this story is going and where it will wind up, but you started the book, so you really ought to finish it? Go to your favorite bookseller and pick up Brunonia Barry’s The Lace Reader today. Now.First, to give props where props are due, I apologize, Ms Barry. I thought I had it all figured out. I loved Towner, finding a woman I would [...]


  • Beth F.

    This book didn’t quite live up to my expectations for it but overall, I thought it was okay. That makes me a little sad because there were several elements to this book that seemed like they would be wildly interesting when they were all mixed together in the same book and I was hoping to really love it. A quick rundown of the things that happened include the mysterious death of Eva Whitney, suicide, the disappearance of a young woman, mental illness, sexual abuse, rape, witchcraft, fortune-te [...]


  • Elaine

    Towner Whitney is forced to return to Salem MA, after an absence of almost 15 years, when her Great-Aunt Eva goes missing. Once she is back in Salem Towner soon finds out that she will need to confront the ghosts of her past in order to move on into her future. Through a series of flashbacks and memories the reader finds out that the Whitney family is not quite what they seem. The story is filled with a cast of eccentric characters from Towner's mother May who refuses to step a foot off the isla [...]


  • Joan

    I liked this book at first because of the visual setting of Salem and Marblehead, the unusual dysfunctional family, and the mystery of the aunt's death. As the story progresses it just gets tangled in its own web or lace as it were, a story in search of a flashy ending which is provided but somehow unsatisfying.


  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    Just found this while rummaging through my shelves and realized I have to change the rating. Many books later, I now realize this can't possibly be more than two stars. The most cliche-ridden and sad little book ever. Whiny and ditzy main character. Eye rolling romance. Almost no "lace reading magic". Just NO.


  • Carmaletta Hilton

    My biggest issue with this book was the switching of points of view. I don't feel that it added all that much to the story, except to leave us all the more confused by the end. This story would have best been told completely in 3rd person, saving us the momentary pull out of the story when we get to a new chapter and realize that this isn't Towner's point of view. In the end, it feels as though the only reason for the chapters in Towner's pov were solely to give us the effect of confusion at the [...]


  • Annalisa

    There were things I definitely liked about this book, the psychology for one and the visual of Salem, MA for another, but the organization of the book bothered me. -Over a hundred pages into it, Barry shifts POVs and even then jumps around a bit between perspectives. -Twice, she uses documents to tell her story, which is a great literary technique, but again they come late in the book and the second one takes up sixty pages. It was a little jarring (ironically, those sixty pages were my favorite [...]


  • Heather

    When I first saw this book cover, I had a mental Will Smith moment: “Awwww, hell no!” I thought it was the same as those novels centered around knitting or quilting but that lace was the new vehicle. Boy, was I wrong! It’s about so much more than lace reading (a kind of fortune telling based on the reading of lace), but I’m not here to plot summarize. I’ll say what I always say when I think a story is full of excellent twists. Be careful which reviews you read! I loved, loved, loved th [...]


  • Megan

    I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews of The Lace Reader and against my better judgment, tried it out anyway. Mystery, cool psychic powers which involve reading fortune through a piece of lace, New England setting (Salem, MA even)… despite all of this, this novel was a chore. The audio version barely kept me entertained on my way to work. Halfway through I was tempted to chuck it, but then remembered how terribly behind I am in the yearly challenge =( So, I did something I never, ever do and rea [...]


  • Shelly

    This spellbinding story is primarily told by Towner Whitney,Brunonia Barry's self-confessed unreliable narrator: “My name is Towner Whitney. No, that’s not exactly true. My real first name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time.” However, the first-person point of view shifts to a third-person adding to the mysterious narrative.Set in Salem, Massachusetts, the novel interlaces historic references with modern allusions that waver between somber and glib, creating an evocative, unpr [...]


  • Jessica

    I really liked this book. I liked the combination of mystery, suspense, romance, family, psychology. It really grabbed my attention at the beginning and kept it all the way through. There were surprises I didn't see coming and now I want to go back and read it again with that perspective! It is provacative and challenging in many respects, so be prepared for that. It isn't an easy, entertaining read--but one that makes you think, hypothesize, and wonder. I enjoyed it a lot.


  • i.

    Amazing plot idea and I loved the atmosphere of Salem , it made me feel like visiting it eleisurediaries


  • Melinda

    The story begins with the central character, Towner Whitney, admitting she's a liar with memory loss issues - so you really don't know what to believe (and after a while you don't much care). Eventually (after plodding through 150 pages of mostly nothing) a mystery plot is introduced. This book is interminable! It's structured in an awkward manner - keeps jumping back and forth leading the reader down blind alleys with lots of scenes going nowhere and serving no purpose to the storyline. There w [...]


  • Lisa

    This book wasn't as good as I thought it would be, given all the press it's been getting. I mean, come on already! I hear about it all the time. I do think it's pretty amazing how this self-published author has now signed with HarperCollins or some other big publisherbut about the book. It was a pretty good story with lots of plot twists and an interesting theme exploring truth and reality, but the "surprise ending" is dumped on you like a ton of bricks, and besides, I had already figured it out [...]


  • Jess

    I will say this is an interesting concept with a plot twist that left me bewildered at the end. It gets a three star rating for the ending. To clarify- it is not because I disliked the ending. The lower rating is simply due to the fact that such a climactic turn of events should seemingly be explored a bit deeper. The acceptance of it all without too much fanfare was just too unbelievable to allow. I see there is a sequel and I will probably read it because I did like the characters. I loved the [...]


  • Jennifer

    My boss forced me to read this, and I'm really glad she did. A fabulously unreliable narrator leads to a lovely twist at the end. And Barry's descriptions of Salem, Mass are so spot-on that anyone who has ever toured there even once will recognize certain landmarks.


  • Bam

    I read this when it was first published in 2008 but decided to read it again when one of my book clubs picked it for our October 2014 selection. The story takes place in Salem, MA, and centers around an old family of women who are 'lace readers'--able to see the future in pieces of Ipswich lace. The main character, Towner Whitney, is summoned back to Salem from her life in California when the body of her Great Aunt Eva is found in the ocean. Returning home sets in motion again all the dysfunctio [...]


  • Bess

    At the end of a perfect summer day when the setting sun casts that net of skin-kissing balmy warmth over the land, if you're lucky enough to be driving down a traffic-less country backroad with all the windows open -- or just looking out the window of a city bus at that light hitting the sides of buildings at new and interesting angles, illuminating parts of them you rarely get to see -- you know how sometimes it actually feels like you're on drugs? This book lulls you into exactly that pleasant [...]


  • Melodie

    I'm always interested in the history of Salem and I wasn't familiar with lace readers so I thought this would be a intriguing read.There was a lot of talk about the characters being readers but other than the blurb at the beginning of each chapter, there was very little knowledge imparted.This was a murder mystery at heart with some history thrown in. It was a jumbled mess and in my opinion would have benefitted from a total rewrite. I struggled to engage with the characters so the reading dragg [...]


  • Carey

    Salem, Massachusetts is an unusual town. And the Whitneys are the most unusual family in Salem. Their family roots in Salem go back hundreds of years. They fit right in with the eccentric witches, most of the Whitney women have the ability to sense bits of people's thoughts and see glimpses of the future when they look through a piece of lace. Towner Whitney is in her early thirties and she has just returned to Salem from her self imposed exile in California because her beloved Great Aunt Eva ha [...]


  • Jen

    I wanted to read The Lace Reader because it is set in Salem, Massachusetts, and it's about a family of women with the gift of reading fortunes in lace. Each chapter starts with a little excepts from "The Lace Reader's Guide" about how to make or read lace as we follow Towner Whitney's return to Salem after a decade's absense following the suicide of her twin sister.Towner returns when her great-aunt Eva, a gifted lace reader, goes missing. Towner has the gift, too, as well as hallucinations and [...]


  • Kate

    Towner Whitney doesn't remember why she left Salem all those years ago, when her name was still Sophya. Accordingto her, she's crazy. Indeed, in Salem, the Whitneys are known as "quirky". Especially Towner's great-aunt Eva, who runs a tearoom and is a renowned lace reader. Lace reading is a form of fortune-telling - a gift that most Whitney women have, to an excent. But Towner is back now. Her great-aunt Eva is missing.Forced to confront the memories she's suppressed all those years ago and face [...]


  • Amy

    There were a couple of things that drew me to this book -- the idea of lace reading as a way of prophecy or fortune telling of sorts, the setting of Salem and the islands nearby, a hint at mystery and supernatural things. But I should have been warned off by two things. First the friend who gave this to me gave it a lukewarm recommendation, and second, the author comes flat out and tells us in the beginning that the narrator should not be trusted. I guess if there had been more of the lace-readi [...]


  • Paul Pessolano

    This book is being highly acclaimed by just about everyone who has read it. I will be no exception.This is an excellent read and more importantly it is well written. The theme and story of the book will be of more interest to women than to men, although I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book.The setting is Salem, Massachusetts; you remember where they had the Witch Trials in the 1600's. Salem is still smothered in the mystic of the occult. Some inhabitants are because they believe [...]


  • Janice

    I'm not sure how to review this book. It was a ride - sometimes confusing and bumpy. At other times it was mezmerising. I loved the characters. Each had unique but complex personalities. The book begins with Towner Whitney stating that she is crazy and that she lies. She returns to Salem when she learns that her great aunt is missing. In no time, she is immersed in the confusing family dynamics that surrounded her as a child. To me, the story is about perceptions, from the lace readings the Whit [...]


  • Myridian

    So I was skeptical about this book at first. After the hype of the NPR interview, the beginning wasn't what I expected (even after Barry read the first page on the radio). I think it took about 40 pages to get into the book, until dead relatives started talking to the main character, Towner. The book then flows into an expression of her psychopathology/psychic ability. That's when the book started to give that sensation of perspective shifting, of everything being slightly off-kilter. That laste [...]


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