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The Lacemaker, a novel

Montupet, Janine, and Bair, Lowell (Translated from the French by)

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ISBN 10: 0689118147 / ISBN 13: 9780689118142
Published by Atheneum Books, 1988
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Text in English, French. 467 p. Audience: General/trade. Historical Fiction set in late 17th century Alençon, France, the lacemaking capital of Europe. A girl is apprenticed at age 5 to learn the trade that blinded her grandmother and virtually killed her mother. Tied to a chair, forbidden to speak, terrified of making a mistake, by 15 she is an exquisite lacemaker and a beautiful young woman. It's an era of persecution of Protestants, and this girl marries one; and he flees Louis XIV's oppressive rule. The story follows the lacemaker and her ability to survive and to find love. Fine in very good dust jacket. DJ has upper rear corner wrinkling. First edition. 1st printing, English translation. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.23720001085

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Title: The Lacemaker, a novel

Publisher: Atheneum Books

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hard cover

Illustrator: Vermeer, Johannes (17th c. cover artwork "The Lacemaker" by)

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A wealth of historical detail buttresses this novel set in the lacemaking capital of Alecon, France, during the mid-1600s. Gilonne Perdriel, daughter of a nobleman who will not acknowledge her and a young lacemaker who died soon after giving birth, is apprenticed at five to the trade that blinded her grandmother. While Gilonne and her friend Michanteau are locked away from the world learning the arduous steps involved in crocheting lace collars and flounces, the persecution of Protestants gathers deadly momentum with the blessing of the Catholic court of Louis XIV. At the height of this religious strife, the girls are freed to attempt to eke out a living. Beautiful Gilonne secretly marries a rich Protestant, but pines for Ogier, an arrogant servant from her father's estate who makes his fortune in New France and returns to Europe as a nobleman. When her husband is killed, Gilonne and Michanteau build a thriving lacemaking business aided by a clutch of eccentrics ranging from elderly, gossipy blind women to bickering artists. While the romance tends toward sugary excess and the prose is too often weighty and stiff, this French bestseller is ultimately as enticing and intricate as the gossamer lace it describes.

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Text: English, French (translation)

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