Iranian publisher brings readers “The Dressmaker’s Gift”

December 13, 2022 - 18:46

TEHRAN – Tehran-based publisher Davat-e Moaser has released a Persian translation of Fiona Valpy’s novel “The Dressmaker’s Gift”.

Saman Moradkhani is the translator of the Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller, which was published in 2019.

From the bestselling author of “The Beekeeper’s Promise” comes a gripping story of three young women faced with impossible choices. How will history and their families judge them?

Paris, 1940. With the city occupied by the Nazis, three young seamstresses go about their normal lives as best they can. But all three are hiding secrets. 

War-scarred Mireille is fighting with the Resistance; Claire has been seduced by a German officer, and Vivienne’s involvement is something she can’t reveal to either of them.

Two generations later, Claire’s English granddaughter Harriet arrives in Paris, rootless and adrift, desperate to find a connection with her past. 

Living and working in the same building on the Rue Cardinale, she learns the truth about her grandmother and herself and unravels a family history that is darker and more painful than she ever imagined.

In wartime, the three seamstresses face impossible choices when their secret activities put them in grave danger. Brought together by loyalty, threatened by betrayal, can they survive history’s darkest era without being torn apart?

Valpy spent seven years living in France, having moved there from the UK in 2007. She and her family renovated an old, rambling farmhouse in Bordeaux, during which time she developed new-found skills in cement mixing and interior decorating.

All of these inspirations, along with a love for the place, the people and their history, have found their way into the books she’s written, which have been translated into more than 30 languages and sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.

Fiona now lives in Scotland, but enjoys regular visits to France in search of the sun.

Photo: Front cover of the Persian edition of Fiona Valpy’s novel “The Dressmaker’s Gift”.


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