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Review: Threads and Flames by Esther Friesner

Several blogs ago, I did a list of "beyond the usual historical fiction" titles. Because let's be real, sometimes historical fiction is BOOOOOOOO-RING. I think Threads and Flames should be added to that list because I thought it was great from the first line.

Basically any book that starts with the line "Raisa's world was fire" is worth giving a chance to. (I will not be sharing the last line because that gives away too much of the ending.)

Threads and Flames is the story of Raisa, a 13 year old girl from Poland who moves to New York City in 1910. She's supposed to meet her sister, but when she arrives in the city she learns that her sister has disappeared. Raisa doesn't have many options. She ends up working at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory sewing bodices. And if you've ever heard of the Triangle Shirtwast Factory you know what eventually happens there.

I don't really want to give much else away about the story. If you have any interest in that time period then definitely give this book a try. It's not just like every other historical fiction out there. It doesn't have the same feeling and it will really draw you in to the time period.

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