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How much will a young Parisian seamstress sacrifice to make her mark in the male-dominated world of 1940s New York fashion?1940. Parisian seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee France as the Germans advance. She is bound for Manhattan with a few francs, one suitcase, her sewing machine and a dream: to have her own atelier.2015. Australian curator Fabienne Bissette journeys to the annual Met Gala for an exhibition of her beloved grandmother's work - one of the world's leading designers of ready-to-wear clothing. But as Fabienne learns more about her grandmother's past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and secrets - and the sacrifices made for love.Crossing generations, society's boundaries and international turmoil, The Paris Seamstress is the beguiling, transporting story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past.About the AuthorNatasha Lester worked as a marketing executive for cosmetic company L'Oreal, managing the Maybelline brand, before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts as well as her first novel, What Is Left Over, After, which won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Fiction. Her second novel, If I Should Lose You, was published in 2012, followed by A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald in 2016 and Her Mother's Secret in 2017. The Age described Natasha as "a remarkable Australian talent" and her work has been published in numerous anthologies and journals.In her spare time Natasha loves to teach writing, is a sought after public speaker and can often be found playing dress-ups with her three children. She lives in Perth.
It is a tale of love in all of its incarnations and a tale of family.
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1940: As the Germans advance upon Paris, young seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee everything ...
THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS is the beguiling, transporting story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past. 'Lester deftly darts from Paris in 1941 to New York' The Australian Women's Weekly 'Lester brings bold, brave women to life' Herald Sun
The Paris Seamstress is a life-affirming, engrossing novel about pursuing your dreams and living up to your potential in the very little time we have on this planet.