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Publisher's Summary

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. 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.

©2018 Natasha Lester (P)2018 Hachette Australia

Critic Reviews

Praise for Natasha Lester: "[Lester's] engaging writing style and ability to create characters that connect with readers make her a welcome addition to the historical fiction market." (Herald Sun

"If you enjoy historical fiction (and even if you don't) you will love this book." (Sally Hepworth)

"I love this book." (Rachael Johns)

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loved it

well written story. interesting going across countries. strong characters with historical fact. interesting insight to war

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  • jan
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  • 01-05-2018

A bit rushed tying up the stories towards the end

If you could sum up The Paris Seamstress in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing
Pathos
Happy

What about Anthea Greco’s performance did you like?

Some obvious and humorous mispronunciations such as treadles pronounced treedles
fracas pronounce fracass

Any additional comments?

Loved the discussion about creating clothes and fashion