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The Paris Seamstress

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by Natasha Lester

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 27/03/2018

5/5 Rating 4 Reviews

How much will a young Parisian seamstress sacrifice to make her mark in the male-dominated world of 1940s New York fashion?

From the bestselling author of A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald and Her Mother's Secret.

1940. Parisian seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee France as the Germans advance. She is bound for Manhattan with a few francs, one suitcase, her sewing machine and a dream: to have her own atelier.

2015. Australian curator Fabienne Bissette journeys to the annual Met Gala for an exhibition of her beloved grandmother's work - one of the world's leading designers of ready-to-wear clothing. But as Fabienne learns more about her grandmother's past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and secrets - and the sacrifices made for love.

Crossing generations, society's boundaries and international turmoil, The Paris Seamstress is the beguiling, transporting story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past.  

Contemporary fiction
Paperback / softback
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Hachette Australia
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Natasha Lester

Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive for cosmetic company L'Oreal, managing the Maybelline brand, before returning to university to study creative writing.

She completed a Master of Creative Arts as well as her first novel, What Is Left Over, After, which won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Fiction.

Her second novel, If I Should Lose You, was published in 2012, followed by A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald in 2016. The Age described Natasha as "a remarkable Australian talent" and her work been published in numerous anthologies and journals.

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  • The Paris Seamstress Very Good

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    This was a gift for my elderly mother who was a professional seamstress.
    She liked this book very much.

  • The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

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    This book is a real gem! More than a story, it is an experience of life. The suffering in France during World War II and the destruction of a family by those who should know better. Painful though parts of the are, there is also the underlying feeling of love and hope. I knew a lot of the characters in this book were real people but I didn't realise how many of them were. I thoroughly recommend this book, Natasha Lester is on my list of 'must read' authors.

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    This book was a joy to read - I could hardly put it down.

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