Waiting on Wednesday: Threads and Flames

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I’ve been a little bit wary of historical fiction. I used to read a lot of it as a kid, but I think somewhere along the way I started to equate it with school reading instead of pleasure reading. When I read Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution, I knew that I was missing out on some amazing books within the genre. She brought the French Revolution to life and I loved it; I enjoyed the narrative, but I also found the history itself captivating in a way that I hadn’t felt in a long time.

I don’t know a great deal about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, but Esther Friesner’s Threads and Flames sounds like an interesting story that can also teach me a lot about this tragic event in New York history. This MG novel will be released by Viking Juvenile on November 25th. I hope that reading it will help draw me back even further into the genre.

It’s 1910, and thirteen-year-old Raisa has just traveled alone from a small Polish shtetl all the way to New York City. It’s overwhelming, awe-inspiring, and even dangerous, especially when she discovers that her sister has disappeared and she must now fend for herself. She finds work in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory sewing bodices on the popular shirtwaists. Raisa makes friends and even—dare she admit it?— falls in love. But then 1911 dawns, and one March day a spark ignites in the factory. One of the city’s most harrowing tragedies unfolds, and Raisa’s life is forever changed. . . .

One hundred years after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, this moving young adult novel gives life to the tragedy and hope of this transformative event in American history.–From Barnes and Noble


One Response to "Waiting on Wednesday: Threads and Flames"

  • I have always loved historical fiction. For me it made history more vibrant.

    1 Judy said this (October 7, 2010 at 12:47 AM)