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Tapestry [Mass Market Paperback]

Belva Plain
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March 4 1989
Beginning in 1920, paralleling Hitler's rise to power, and encompassing World War II, Bleva Plain's new novel weaves the threads of history into a brilliant tapestry. As vivid events plunge the world into a dizzying vortex of change, an unforgettable American Family must summon up extraordinary courage to face birth, death, murder, illicit passion, and a great tragedy... and one passionate man must fight his own war against evil—a war that can be won only with honor, integrity, and love.

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Readers who have not previously met the Werners and Roths in The Golden Cup and Evergreen will sense something missing when they begin this continuing saga about these tightly knit, aristocratic German-Jewish families. This book contains multiple allusions to past events, yet the first-time reader can still become immediately involved in the narrative, thanks to Plain's adroit blending of complex personalities with a panoramic view of world events. The novel covers the early '20s until the end of World War II. Paterfamilias is Paul Werner, a high-minded banker, a dedicated philanthropist and a reluctant adulterer. His genteel wife Marion, unable to bear children, coolly retreats to her private circle of charitable events and card parties. Although Paul still broods over his first love, Anna, he turns to his exuberant cousin Leah, a flourishing business woman, for a brief, happy affair. It is at a large family gathering that long pent-up emotions explode, and past tragedies, infidelities and hostilities emerge with destructive force. Although there is a historical inevitability to the events viewed here (the 1920 "Red scare"; Prohibition; the stock market crash; the rise of Hitler) the characters are never predictable. They act with passion and conviction, and their many vicissitudes will not disappoint Plain's fans. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections.
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Paul Werner, the key figure of a powerful New York banking family, is the protagonist in this saga of one man's concerns with the impending doom of World War II and the plight of his German-Jewish relatives and friends. Paul is caught in a passionless, childless marriage, and he struggles for years with the memory and reality of his first love and subsequent affairs of the heart. All of the characters are fleshed out, and the storyline is rich in historical perspective, attention to detail, and resolution of plot. Another sweeping family saga by a master. For most fiction collections. Literary Guild dual main selection; Doubleday main selection. Virginia A. Doser, Saddleback Coll. Lib., Mission Viejo, Cal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PASSIONATE Sept. 9 2002
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This book picks up the threads of the family saga begun with Mrs. Plain's powerful novel "Evergreen". Paul Werner married a woman of his class after his true love, his parents's maid, Anna married someone else. Paul's wife Marian is a poor, weak, neurotic, passive, dependent, frigid woman whom he should never have married and she should never have been married anyone....... One accidental meeting with Anna after Anna is married results in a daughter, Iris. Because of his promise to Anna, he never reveals to Iris that he is her father..... As Paul wrestles with his deep secrets and forbidden passions, the world changes mostly due to World War II which takes place after the "great depression" of 1928-1930....The family suffers more losses as the country undergoes many social changes.....The final (book #4) of this series is titled "Harvest."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! Dec 26 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Tapestry is the third book that Belva Plain wrote with the same main characters. Her first book in this series of three is Evergreen followed by Golden Cup and then came Tapestry. You will love Tapestry. I did. I am going to get Evergreen and Golden Cup even though the reading will be out of order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! Dec 25 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Tapestry is the third book that Belva Plain wrote with the same main characters. Her first book in this series of three is Evergreen followed by Golden Cup and then came Tapestry. You will love Tapestry. I did. I am going to get Evergreen and Golden Cup even though the reading will be out of order.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PASSIONATE Sept. 9 2002
By LUV TO READ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book picks up the threads of the family saga begun with Mrs. Plain's powerful novel "Evergreen". Paul Werner married a woman of his class after his true love, his parents's maid, Anna married someone else. Paul's wife Marian is a poor, weak, neurotic, passive, dependent, frigid woman whom he should never have married and she should never have been married anyone....... One accidental meeting with Anna after Anna is married results in a daughter, Iris. Because of his promise to Anna, he never reveals to Iris that he is her father..... As Paul wrestles with his deep secrets and forbidden passions, the world changes mostly due to World War II which takes place after the "great depression" of 1928-1930....The family suffers more losses as the country undergoes many social changes.....The final (book #4) of this series is titled "Harvest."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful One From Belva ! Dec 4 2006
By Guy V. De Rosa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As you can see from my other reviews I have read several of Belva Plain's novels. "Evergreen", the first of this series had me glued to my reading chair. Sadly, this piece, "Tapestry", was the next one I read not realizing that there was a second book in the series "The Golden Cup", I already have it and I will read it soon. But back to "Tapestry". Taking place during WWII, Belva wrote eloquently about how the war affected the Werner family, living here in the states, as well as those unfortunate casualties of Hitler's regime living in Europe. I loved this book. Belva Plain can write the family saga like no one else. I understand there is a fourth book to the series and I most certainly will read that as well. I think that these are books that women will find most interesting, but as a man, I gotta tell you guys...they are great stories! I am anxious to find out what happens with the relationship between Paul and his daughter and to find out how his relationships with Isle and Anna turns out. A great book to read in front of the fire on a cold winters night. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read but Long Jan. 9 2008
By Karen Zemek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The saga contines. Paul is a main character who loved Anna in Evergreen and this story is told a lot from his point of view. It is about war, love, passion, and a mobster husband having his wife's relative killed. A man in wheelchair after the war committed suicide. I enjoyed reading this book, but it is long. One more sequel in this family saga to go and that is Harvest.

Karen Zemek, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Belva Plain Books Jan. 2 2013
By Charleen Vittitow - Published on Amazon.com
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Another great book by ms Plain. I have read almost all of her novels and have never been disappointed with the read.
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