I have been making headway on BLIND STITCHES. My first round of edits are done, I have the cover copy (description for the back cover) and a cover concept. Hopefully the cover conveys a psychological drama feel with a hint of romance and mystery. I’m open to suggestions and observations.
Next, another round of beta readers, more edits ... more edits ... and more edits ....Talented young seamstress Juliet Glitch has been putting the finishing touches on a wedding dress for socialite, Nadia Solvay. When Nadia’s father dies unexpectedly two weeks before the wedding, mother of the bride, Olga Solvay—former prima ballerina and Russian expatriate—asks Juliet to hem her son’s trousers for the funeral. He has just returned to
Americafrom Englandwhere he has been attending a “school for the blind.”Juliet’s life is complicated. Her nineteen-year-old brother, Rome, has Asperger’s, and their aunt whom they live with hoards cats and junk. Juliet’s life in the small but elite community of , is absurd enough as it is, but when she meets Nikolai Solvay to alter his trousers, she finds he is not blind at all! Nikolai’s mother, Olga, is delusional, believing her son has been blind since birth. Historia, New HampshireWhen Nikolai persuades Juliet to secretly model his sister’s wedding dress—a replica of Olga’s most famous ballerina costume—so he may paint a portrait to convince his mother he is not blind, Juliet and Nikolai embark on a psychological and emotional journey into family dysfunction and repressed memories surrounding his mother’s defection from the Soviet Union twenty years earlier. Against the backdrop of autumn 1989, during the Glasnost era, Nikolai’s family secrets crash alongside the crumbling Berlin Wall.