The Lace Reader

I haven’t read The Lace Reader, but it  looks intriguing. Here’s a description of the novel from the book’s website:

“Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, 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, but the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.  The Lace Reader is a mesmerizing, tale which spirals into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies and half-truths where the reader quickly finds it’s nearly impossible to separate fact from fiction, but as Towner Whitney points out early on in the novel, “There are no accidents.”

I heard about the novel in my March/April edition of Writer’s Digest Magazine.  As if by magic, this installment of WD is devoted to self-publishing–which is very relevant to me right now.  Embedded in the self-publishing section was an article about Brunonia Barry, the author of The Lace Reader.

Mrs. Barry self-published her novel, successfully marketed and sold 2,000 copies of the book in a few weeks, hired a publicist to get her some reviews and media face time, and now has a huge advance and contract with William Morrow. 

Needless to say, I’ve contacted her publicist to ask about rates.  I would imagine that they’re being flooded right now and are a bit out of the budget, but it’s worth a try. 

If anyone has read the book, I’d love to hear your thoughts.


3 thoughts on “The Lace Reader

  1. Heather J. says:

    I haven’t read it myself but I’ve heard only good things from book bloggers – they’ve been raving about it for months now.

    I also heard that there is a tour you can take of the places mentioned in the book – I LOVE that idea!

  2. Kelly says:


    You were on my mind a lot today–wanted to take a moment to express again how excited I am for you. When does the book drop–or that is, when can I buy my copy!? And get it on to my blog–

    Also, a non-committal FYI, I’ve been gathering little moments of inspired thought in note form for a hopeful essay (the beginning of a dialogue, maybe?) inspired by you and a facebook post some months ago about the post-Lost Generation.

    Please let me know if there is anything I might be able to do to get the word out for you. Networking is one of my natural tendencies….

    It’s 99% perserverance, girl…

  3. Jenn W. says:

    I haven’t read that book, but after reading the description I may go out and get it today!

    Erika – hope all is well love.

    Jenn Walsh

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