Tracy Chevalier can take a piece of art and create a whole, believable back story. When reading her book, you get a sense of ownership and see in this case, the famous Cluny tapestries in a whole new light. You live the creation of these beautiful works of art and watch each one unfold as a result of her plot. Not only does she describe the intricate work of their creation, but the stimulus that created the illustrations. The book itself is a tapestry of interwoven stories, highlighting the personalities that make up a slice of life in renaissance France. Each person is a thread that helps influence the amazing tapestries that become the final product. I loved this book.