“The Lace Reader”September 24, 2008 at 5:25 pm | Posted in Fiction | 2 Comments
The Lace Reader, Brunonia Barry’s debut novel, is a highly unusual book. It’s a mystery, but not like any other mystery out there.
I admit that I couldn’t get into it at first. It’s the story of a middle-aged woman who returns to the town where she grew up to resolve some family business. There are a lot of antiques, and Red Hat Club ladies, and tea drinking. Oh, great, I thought, I’m reading a grandma book. But then the mystery started emerging and I started getting more interested in the story. Then I realized that my predictions about the plot weren’t coming true. At another point I decided I had the ending figured out, and I sat back at the audacity of it all. But it turned out I was wrong and it was even weirder than I had expected.
I really don’t want to give away anything about the story. I’ll just say that if you’ve been curious about The Lace Reader, I don’t think it will disappoint.