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Gennifer Albin has a masters degree in English from the University of Missouri, where she was an editor for Pleiades and The Missouri Review. Shes the founder of the popular parenting blog Theconnectedmom.com and blogs about writing at https://genniferalbin.com. Crewel was inspired by a painting by the Spanish surrealist painter, Remedios Varo. It is her first novel.
This powerful fantasy shot through with romance is set in a frightening world where the state controls everything. Adelice tries to avoid her destiny by failing the Testing which will make her one of the elite Spinsters. But Adelice, with a strong talent for the task of weaving the world she lives in, cannot keep it hidden. Soon she is chosen....and her incredible skills lead her to the heart of the wealthy and corrupt world of the rulers - a far cry from the poverty she grew up in. When Adeline meets Jost and falls in love with him she is faced with a hard choice. Does she follow him or her destiny? Find out more about Crewel on Facebook
Enter the world of Crewel: a world of secrets and intrigue. Where a girl with talent will thrive...or be destroyed. 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 and matter, Adelice is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, power and beauty, the ability to embroider the very fabric of life. It also means entering a world secrets and lethal intrigue. But unlike the others, Adelice isn't interested in controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have and will do anything to hide her talent from the Guild. But when she slips up during her final test, her gift is identified. Now she has one hour to eat her mum's overcooked dinner. One hour to listen to her sister's school gossip and laugh at her dad's stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything is OK. And one hour to escape. Because once you become a Spinster, there's no turning back...