Heather Barbieri, author of The Lace Makers of Glenmara, on tour June/July 2010

Posted By on April 5, 2010

About The Lace Makers of Glenmara

• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (June 22, 2010)

“You can always start again,” Kate Robinson’s mother once told her, “all it takes is a new thread.” Overwhelmed by heartbreak and loss, the struggling twenty-six-year-old fashion designer follows her mother’s advice and flees to her ancestral homeland of Ireland, hoping to break free of old patterns and reinvent herself.

She arrives on the west coast, in the seaside hamlet of Glenmara. In this charming, fading Gaelic village, Kate quickly develops a bond with members of the local lace-making society: Bernie, alone and yearning for a new purpose since the death of her beloved husband, John; Aileen, plagued by doubt, helplessly watching her teenage daughter grow distant; Moira, caught in a cycle of abuse and denial, stubbornly refusing help from those closest to her; Oona, in remission from breast cancer, secretly harboring misgivings about her marriage; Colleen, the leader of the group, worried about her fisherman husband, missing at sea. And outside this newfound circle is local artist Sullivan Deane, an enigmatic man trying to overcome a tragedy of his own.

Under Glenmara’s spell, Kate finds the inspiration that has eluded her, and soon she and the lace makers are creating a line of exquisite lingerie. In their skilled hands, flowers, Celtic dragons, nymphs, fish, saints, kings, and queens come to life, rendered with painterly skill. The circle also offers them something more—the strength to face their long-denied desires and fears. But not everyone welcomes Kate, and a series of unexpected events threatens to unravel everything the women have worked so hard for. . . .

About Heather Barbieri

Heather Barbieri is half-Irish. Her paternal ancestors left counties Donegal and Tipperary  after The Great Famine and worked in the coal mines of Eastern Pennsylvania before settling in Butte, Montana. Her impeccably dressed maternal grandmother was a descendant of a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria and instilled an avid interest in fashion in her granddaughters. Barbieri’s first novel, Snow in July (Soho Press), was selected as a Book Sense Pick, a Glamour magazine “Riveting Read,” and a Library Journal Notable First Novel. Before turning to writing fiction full-time, she was a magazine editor, journalist, and film critic. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and three children, and is currently working on her third novel.

Connect with Heather:

Heatehr Barbieri TLC Book Tours TOUR  STOPS

Tuesday, June  22nd: Life and Times of a “New” New Yorker

Thursday, June 24th:   Books and Movies

Monday, June 28th:   Bookalico.us

Tuesday, June 29th:  Drey’s Library

Friday, July 2nd: Redlady’s Reading Room

Tuesday, July 6th: The Tome Traveler

Wednesday, July 7th: Raging Bibliomania

Thursday, July 8th:  Savvy Verse and Wit

Tuesday, July 13th:  Chefdruk Musings

Wednesday, July 14th:  My Two Blessings

Thursday, July 15th:   Diary of an Eccentric


One Response to “Heather Barbieri, author of The Lace Makers of Glenmara, on tour June/July 2010”

  1. Anna says:

    I’d love to be part of this tour if there’s a mid-July date available!

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