The Thread (Paperback)

A Novel

By Victoria Hislop

Harper Paperbacks, 9780062135582, 400pp.

Publication Date: July 10, 2012

List Price: 14.99*
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“A brilliant page turner…rich with drama and historical detail.”
Glamour (UK)

A beautiful and epic novel that spans nearly a hundred years, The Thread is a magnificent story of a friendship and a love that endures through the catastrophes and upheavals of the twentieth century—both natural and man-made—in the turbulent city of Thessaloniki, Greece. Victoria Hislop, internationally bestselling author of The Island and The Return, has written a wonderfully evocative and enthralling saga enriched by deep emotion and sweeping historical events, from fire to civil war to Nazi brutality and economic collapse. The Thread is historical fiction at its finest, colorful and captivating with truly unforgettable characters—a novel that brilliantly captures the energy and life of this singular Greek city.

About the Author

Victoria Hislop is the internationally bestselling author of The Island and The Return. She writes travel features for the Sunday Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, House & Garden, and Woman & Home. She divides her time among rural Kent, London, and Crete. She is married and has two children.

Praise For The Thread: A Novel

“Hislop is a clever storyteller. . . 20th-century Greece and her citizens are brought vividly to life. Striking an excellent balance between historicity and impassioned drama, Hislop’s newest should not be missed.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Hislop’s vivid storytelling makes a fascinating, turbulent place and time spring to life.”
— Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Combining a keen eye for detail with her usual fluid writing style, Hislop presents an engrossing excursion to Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest metropolis. . . . This fast–moving, touching saga about tragedy, recovery, and the real meaning of family is full of dramatic incidents demonstrating their city’s transformation and resilience.”
— Booklist

“A brilliant page turner and destined to become a reading group staple, THE THREAD is rich with drama and historical detail.”
— Glamour (UK)

“Hislop writes in rich, vivid detail about the city by the sea, bringing its diverse population to life. . . . Sweeping in scope yet intimate in detail, THE THREAD is a love letter to Greece and a testament to the courage and adaptability of its people.”
— Shelf Awareness

Conversation Starters from

  1. What enables Eugenia and Katerina to survive in Thessaloniki after the burning of Smyrna?
  2. How is the Greece Communist party portrayed in The Thread? To what extent does this differ from any prior knowledge about the party that you may have had?
  3. In what ways is threading prominent throughout the novel? How does threading become important during the political crisis?
  4. ow are class and cultural distinctions portrayed? How do the people of Greece regard these differences and how do their attitudes change?
  5. How is family represented in The Thread? How does the political situation challenge and shape these family structures?
  6. How do Katerina and Dimitri’s lives intertwine throughout the novel and how do their initial encounters shape their relationship?
  7. Why is Olga Kominos unable to leave her home and how does her agoraphobia develop?
  8. How does the country of Greece change both politically and economically throughout The Thread? To what extent does this differ from any prior knowledge about Greece’s history that you may have had?
  9. Compare the different marriages depicted. What were the various incentives for marriage? How were women treated during marriage? What were the expectations of a wife? How did the political situation effect women and did women have any power over political outcomes?
  10. How does the ending of the novel echo its themes and motifs? What type of future does this ending repres