Last week, I spent a good chunk of my working hours thoroughly enjoying the audio version of The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry. I used to listen to audio books frequently when I had a long commute by car to my job at the library, but I had fallen out of the habit. The Lace Reader was a pleasant reminder that audio books are so wonderful for helping pass the time while your hands and eyes are occupied (like while knitting or dyeing yarn)!

the lace reader

I was originally interested in this book because of its use of handmade bobbin lace in the story and the title. As you know, knitting lace has been a recent interest (bordering on obsession?) for me, so it seemed fitting to pick reading material that complemented my handicrafts. However, the book isn’t really about lace making; instead, it uses the craft as a background from which to draw parallels and make metaphors. The historical art of bobbin lace weaves through the narrative, highlighting focal points of the character-driven story. It’s masterfully rendered, and I would recommend this book to anyone, but particularly readers with an interest in fiber crafts and handmade goods.