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When I first read the description of CREWEL, I knew I really wanted to read it. I wasn’t wrong, it was one of my favorite reads last year. Crewel was one of those books that captured my attention immediately and left me wanting more. I pretty much stalked Gennifer online, quietly, of course, since I am probably old enough to be her mother and really, it wouldn’t look good to get a restraining order at my age. I did find her at the Los Angeles Times Book Fest in May, 2013 and waited in the sun for her panel. She has amazing skin which makes me very jealous. At least, I wasn’t the oldest one hanging out there! Gennifer’s writing is just captivating to meand takes you to a wonderful place! Below is some video of her panel at there with Cornelia Funke and Mark Frost. Yeah, I know, I think I messed up the upload to YouTube and the clips aren’t in order, but you get the idea!
Incapable. Awkward. Artless.
That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail.
Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what people eat, where they live, and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.
Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a moment. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her dad’s jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.
Because tonight, they’ll come for her
Life. Possibility. Choice.
All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.
But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.
In this thrilling sequel to Crewel, Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.
From Gennifer’s Website
Gennifer Albin holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Missouri. A recovering academic, she turned to writing her own books. Gennifer can be found in coffee shops, dreaming up new worlds. She lives in Washington with her family.
Long (and slightly more interesting) bio:
A former academic with a specialization in 18th century women’s studies, Gennifer Albin gave up teaching—both at the high school and college levels—to raise her children at home. But when the economy tanked, Gennifer and her husband soon found themselves filing for bankruptcy after struggling through his unemployment. Rock bottom turned into the foundation on which she decided to rewrite her life.
Gennifer combined her love of writing with her fascination for a surrealist painting by Remedios Varo, Embroidering the Earth’s Mantle. The painting of girls creating the world caused her to weave a tale in her mind. Lack of a home computer didn’t deter her, and she wrote the first draft on public library computers as the system counted down the seventy minutes she was allowed to work.
With the support of her family, Gennifer spun Crewel, a sweeping literary novel that follows sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys as she navigates a treacherous world where women are cultivated into femme fatales, called Spinsters, to weave the very fabric of life. Pitched as Mad Men meets The Handmaid’s Tale and The Hunger Games, Crewel received seven agent offers of representation by May and sold at auction between five houses within a week of submission to editors.
Gennifer recalls the most poignant part of her whirlwind—having to sell her beloved antique books to keep food on the table. She now writes full-time while happily rebuilding her library in Washington with the help of her ridiculously supportive husband, two young children, and a Tuesday cat. She is the founder of theconnectedmom.com, a blog about positive parenting for modern mothers, and she moderates a private group for write-at-home moms, or WrAHMs, offering advice, support, and insight into the complexities of writing while raising young children. Learn more about her at genniferalbin.com.
1. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
The very first book I remember was one of those basic readers they teach you with in Kindergarten and 1st grade. The cover was orange, and clearly, the plot was riveting because I remember nothing else. As soon as I had it down, I skipped picture books and chapter books and jumped straight to Little House in the Big Woods and Sweet Valley High in 2nd grade. That explains a lot actually now that I think about it.
2. What are you reading right now?
A few books for other authors, Opera Anecdotes, and I just picked up Outlander after a half dozen people recommended it to me in the same week. My reading tastes are teasingly diverse.
3. How does your garden grow?
With pretty maids all in a row. They’re opressed and fighting a dystopian regime, but they look fabulous!
(this is the best EVER answer to this question ~Mary)
4. What is the last thing you Googled?
Something that probably put me on an FBI watchlist. (Hey, Agent Bristow, you are rocking that suit today.)
5. What makes you cringe?
Embarrassment humor. You know when someone sticks their foot in their mouth or gets caught naked in the kitchen with a pie? I can’t handle it. Probably because I’m constantly making an ass out of myself.
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