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In this stunning debut from the pseudonymous Anthony, King Louis XIII's ban on lace gives rise to a black market that weaves together the lives of four women in 17th-century France and Flanders. Katharina Martens is a Flemish lace maker who considers it her God-given duty to craft the "exquisite, beautiful" fabric, never mind that her work-often conducted without firelight or lanterns, in order to keep the lace clean of soot and ash-has left her hunched and nearly blind. As the end of her lace-making career draws nigh, to be followed by the sordid existence of former craftswomen relegated to a life of "doing... vile things," her sister, Heilwich, struggles to save enough money to buy Katharina's freedom from the abbey where she works. Meanwhile in France, Lissette Lefort and her cousin Alexandre must procure a length of forbidden lace to pay off the conniving count of Montreau, who threatens to reveal Lissette's father's role in an attempted assassination of the king. As beautifully fashioned as the sought-after lace, this story is sure to impress. Agent: Natasha Kern. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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October 01, 2012
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