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Marginalia: Tracy Chevalier

Photo © Viking Adult (HC) 2019

When most readers hear the name Tracy Chevalier, they correctly remember her as the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was her second of eleven published novels. Her latest is titled A Single Thread, which explores a group of women who, after World War I, were charged with embroidering cushions and kneelers for Winchester Cathedral. 

All of her novels are rich in historical detail, to which Chevalier credits her years as a reference book editor for teaching her about research and accuracy in the writing process.

I recently caught up with Tracy Chevalier in London… via phone, of course. Here’s our conversation:


That was Tracy Chevalier, author of A Single Thread, which was published by Viking. The audio book excerpt was provided courtesy of Penguin Random House Audio from A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier, read by Fenella Woolgar.

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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.