Published: October 2, 2012
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
This quirky and sometimes funny novel delves into the lace-making trade of the 1600’s in a nunnery in Belgium, renowned center of exquisite hand-made lace. “Lace is created from thread. Threads. Many of them. Twisted and crossed, looped and whorled, knotted and woven. But lace is formed from the absence of substance; it is imagined in the spaces between the threads. Lace is a thing like hope. It lived, it survived, and it was desired for what it was not. If faith, as the nuns said, was the substance of things hoped for, then lace was the outline – the suggestion-of things not seen,” says Katharina poetically.