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Authors: Katharine Davis

A Slender Thread

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Praise for the Novels of Katharine Davis
A Slender Thread
 
“In
A Slender Thread
, Katharine Davis illuminates the threads that tie us to family and the ones we loved. She reminds us of both their fragility and their strength. A beautiful book.”
—Ann Hood, author of
The Red Thread
and
The Knitting Circle
 
“Luminous and deeply affecting.... In this novel of the complex bonds of sisters and the pernicious effects of a rare illness, Katharine Davis memorably captures the language of family. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and it was a pleasaure to watch it take shape.
—Susan Coll, author of
Beach Week
and
Acceptance
 
“With a sure, light touch and a shrewd eye for telling details, Katharine Davis expertly weaves a resonant story about the bonds of family, the tug of geography, and the regenerative power of art.
A Slender Thread
is an emotionally rich and penetrating novel.”
—Christina Baker Kline, author of
Bird in Hand
and
The Way Life Should Be
 
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Written by today's freshest new talents and selected by New American Library, NAL Accent novels touch on subjects close to a woman's heart, from friendship to family to finding our place in the world. The Conversation Guides included in each book are intended to enrich the individual reading experience, as well as encourage us to explore these topics together—because books, and life, are meant for sharing.
 
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“The multiple viewpoints of Katharine Davis's
A Slender Thread
weave in and out of chapters like threads in a tapestry, illustrating the intricate, complicated ties that bind us as family. While this compelling story shows just how fragile—and therefore precious—are our connections to each other, Davis also shows that even the slenderest of threads can have the surprising strength and resilience to hold it (and us) together.”
—Katrina Kittle, author of
The Blessings of the Animals
 
“With a delicate and loving touch, Katharine Davis explores a deep and often complex relationship—the one between two sisters. Like the tapestry that becomes central to the story itself,
A Slender Thread
is a beautiful and utterly original creation.... Emotionally honest, meticulously observed, but also propulsively dramatic and readable, this is a novel that will resonate with women of all ages—and with everyone who loves a good story, well told. If you have sisters, you'll want to share
A Slender Thread
with them. If you don't, it will serve as solace—and a powerful testament—to what you are missing.”
—Liza Gyllenhall, author of
Local Knowledge
 
 
East Hope
“Katharine Davis has written an utterly irresistible novel, suffused with the special light and clarity of Maine. A book about second chances and real love, with characters as complicated as we really are. I couldn't put it down.”
—Lee Smith,
New York Times
bestselling author of
On Agate Hill
 
“Katharine Davis has created an elegant and compelling tale about loss, love, and, of course, hope. Her characters are rich, her story is gripping, and her prose beautiful and effortless.”
—Joanne Rendell, author of
Crossing Washington Square
 

East Hope
is a charming love story, delightfully old-fashioned with a very modern twist. Katharine Davis captures Maine not just as a setting but as the character it is.”
—Lily King, author of
The English Teacher
 
“Katharine Davis's captivating novel of loss and recovery follows a forty-four-year-old woman from a long-settled life into one that is anything but certain. The author's clean prose suits the spare setting in which most of this struggle takes place—a small seaside village in Maine. Her keen sensitivity to the people and countryside in that remote place vividly evokes its power to reshape her character's life, slowly but radically, much as the sea reshapes the shoreline.”
—Kate Maloy, author of
Every Last Cuckoo
 
“Davis's lyrical prose brings authenticity to the journey of two lonely souls trying to reinvent themselves in middle age.”
—
Booklist
 
 
Capturing Paris
“The layered experience and sensibilities of Americans in Paris are captured marvelously in this haunting and evocative novel by Katharine Davis. Reminiscent of William Maxwell's
The Château
,
Capturing Paris
is an impressive debut.”
—Katharine Weber, author of
True Confections
 
“In this graceful and atmospheric first novel, Katharine Davis explores a question that fascinates us all: What if I had chosen differently, when I still had my choices to make? Through Annie's reinvention of herself in a time of flux, we see anew the consequences of deciding to be who we are, and the consequences of questioning all that we have been.”
—Carolyn Parkhurst, author of
Lost and Found
 
“In
Capturing Paris
, we meet Annie Reed, poet and wife, navigating through a year of upheaval. Through it all, her adopted city of Paris glows, with its abundance of charm, quirks, and moods, all beautifully captured in Katharine Davis's sensitive observations.”
—Leslie Pietrzyk, author of
A Year and a Day
 
“Dreamy and sentimental, readers with a soft spot for the city of lights will want to give this a look.”
—
Publishers Weekly
OTHER BOOKS BY KATHARINE DAVIS
East Hope
Capturing Paris
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First published by NAL Accent, an imprint of New American Library,
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First Printing, August 2010
 
Copyright © Katharine Davis, 2010
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Davis, Katharine.
A slender thread/Katharine Davis.
p. cm.
ISBN : 978-1-101-56501-8
1. Sisters—Fiction. 2. Aphasic persons—Fiction. 3. Life change events—Fiction. I. Title.
PS3604.A967S58 2010
813'.6—dc22 2010009830
 
 
 
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