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.