A darkly satirical novel of love, revenge, and 1950s haute couture—now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo Weaving
After twenty years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Tilly Dunnage returns to the small Australian town she was banished from as a child. She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave. But Tilly decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the prim women of Dungatar. Through her fashion business, her friendship with Sergeant Farrat—the town’s only policeman, who harbors an unusual passion for fabrics—and a budding romance with Teddy, the local football star whose family is almost as reviled as hers, she finds a measure of grudging acceptance. But as her dresses begin to arouse competition and envy in town, causing old resentments to surface, it becomes clear that Tilly’s mind is set on a darker design: exacting revenge on those who wronged her, in the most spectacular fashion.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This satirical tale of high fashion and revenge set in the ‘50s got us daydreaming about beautiful things. Rosalie Ham’s sumptuous novel opens with the glamorous Tilly Dunnage returning to her lunatic mother in rural Australia after 20 years working in Paris fashion houses. Rosalie’s new dressmaking business takes the town by storm; we loved swooning over her couture creations of rust-orange silk taffeta and amethyst shantung. From a crossdressing policeman to the buck-toothed village gossip, the town’s inhabitants are a colorful bunch—and we cheered on Tilly as she took revenge on those who wronged her.
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A Morality Lesson ...
Or, morale-less? That is the question. Fun finding out.
Story line was difficult to follow
Such fun...this book has everything: interesting characters, twists and turns, fantasy and reality. Certainly worth reading.