Shaunna J. Edwards
Shaunna J. Edwards has a BA in Literature from Harvard College and a JD from NYU School of Law. A former corporate lawyer, she now works in talent management and diversity, equity, and inclusion. A native Louisianian raised in New Orleans, she now lives in Harlem with her husband. The Thread Collectors is her first novel. Find her on Instagram at @shaunnajedwards and Facebook at Shaunna J. Edwards.
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 4
Stitching a Story: Revealing Women’s New Orleans History through Fiction
with Shaunna J. Edwards, Diane McPhail, Alyson Richman, Elisa Speranza, and moderator Erin Z. Bass
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
The Thread Collectors: A Novel
“An unforgettable story of female strength, hope and friendship. This collaborative work is magnificent—a true revelation!” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman with the Blue Star
“A brilliant story brimming with unexpected friendships and family ties. Historically sound and beautifully stitched, The Thread Collectors will stay with you long after the last page is turned.” —Sadeqa Johnson, international bestselling author of Yellow Wife
1863: In a small Creole cottage in New Orleans, an ingenious young Black woman named Stella embroiders intricate maps on repurposed cloth to help enslaved men flee and join the Union Army. Bound to a man who would kill her if he knew of her clandestine activities, Stella has to hide not only her efforts but her love for William, a Black soldier and a brilliant musician.
Meanwhile, in New York City, a Jewish woman stitches a quilt for her husband, who is stationed in Louisiana with the Union Army. Between abolitionist meetings, Lily rolls bandages and crafts quilts with her sewing circle for other soldiers, too, hoping for their safe return home. But when months go by without word from her husband, Lily resolves to make the perilous journey South to search for him.
As these two women risk everything for love and freedom during the brutal Civil War, their paths converge in New Orleans, where an unexpected encounter leads them to discover that even the most delicate threads have the capacity to save us. Loosely inspired by the authors' family histories, this stunning novel will stay with readers for a long time.
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