Book Club Kit: The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

The Dressmaker
by Kate Alcott
First Published: 2011
10 Copies & Reading Guide

Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she’s had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic’s doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes. Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy. On dry land, rumors about the survivors begin to circulate, and Lady Duff Gordon quickly becomes the subject of media scorn and later, the hearings on the Titanic.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes a Summary, Author Bio, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions

Reviews & Articles:
The Denver Post – “Review” by Carolyn See
The New York Times – “Book is Judged by the Name on Its Cover” by Julie Bosman
The Huffington Post – “Review and Interview” by Julie A. Carlson

On the Web:
Titanic: 1oo Years — Find out more about the Titanic and books about the tragedy, including links to additional articles on our Pinterest board.

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