The Lace Reader
Cover for the UK Hardback edition
The novel came to be well known for its unusual route to mainstream publishing. Originally self-published by the author it became a local success story, got rave reviews in many places including Publishers Weekly, and was eventually picked up by the US branch of HarperCollins in a multimillion-dollar deal.
When asked about her inspiration for the book, Barry said, as reported on her blog:
For quite some time, I have been fascinated by the Hero’s Journey or the monomyth. Most stories that follow this pattern have a decidedly male orientation: a lone individual acts heroically and saves the day. I wondered if there might be an alternate form, a feminine Hero’s Journey. So I began to look at stories that featured female protagonists to see if they offered something different. What I found surprised me. Most of these women were either killed off or were ultimately rescued from their plight by male heros. Unsatisfied, I wondered if I could write a Hero’s Journey for women where the strong but wounded heroine must find a way to save herself.
- The Lace Reader.
- McCarthy, Gail. Author's dream leads to bestselling 'Lace', October 29, 2008. Retrieved 07/21/10.
- Debut Author Brunonia Barry Scores $2 Million Deal for Self-Published Novel, October 18, 2007. Retrieved 07/21/10.
- Barry, Brunonia. Inspiration for The Lace Reader, June 19, 2008. Retrieved 07/21//10.