'A Simple Tapestry,' is the candid and beautifully crafted memoir of author, teacher and poet Beatrice Eldrage - a modest and intelligent wife and mother. After a marriage of almost 20 years, she suddenly realizes she's been betrayed by her husband, a talented novelist who has secretly become addicted to shallow deceptions and romantic entanglements with other women, thanks to his increasing celebrity and literary acclaim.
With extraordinary sensitivity, Ms. Eldrage details the emotional episodes that lead to her inevitable decision to separate from her husband, and soon afterwards divorce him. Thus, 'A Simple Tapestry' becomes the revealing and heart-rending narrative of an emerging, though less well known pioneer feminist, embarking on a voyage of disappointment, recovery and radiant self-discovery. Her story occurs a generation before the women's movement would become recognized and accepted. It is Ms. Eldrage's inner strength, plus the support of family and a few wise, trusted friends, that finally enable her to emerge triumphant from the tragic breakdown of her marriage.
Utilizing an ingenious journal motif that skillfully blends her personal recollections with intimate letters of self-insight to a former professor, along with a generous selection of Ms. Eldrage's beautiful original poetry, 'A Simple Tapestry' is a very unusual, and ultimately joyous affirmation of the spirit. The reader cannot help but feel profoundly exhilarated by Beatrice Eldrage's remarkable, courageous story, her gentle wisdom, and her unique knowledge of the human heart.
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(The cover-art tapestry, 'IMAGES OF ME, WOMAN', was designed and woven by artist M.L. HIGGINS.)