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CIRCLE OF QUILTERS
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
This eighth novel in Chiaverini's
Karen, a mother of two young boys, wants to get back into the workforce with her newfound love of quilting. Maggie, a woman who discovered quilting while working at a retirement home, has become something of an authority after publishing a book on the subject. Russ is the rare male quilter, having taken up quilting after the death of his wife. Anna is the head chef at a college and enjoys quilting in addition to her culinary adventures. Gretchen has been a junior partner in a quilting shop owned by Heather, a snotty woman who has made Gretchen feel inferior ever since they were children. The staff at Elm Creek faces a difficult decision.
Chiaverini's Elm Creek novels are an original series and a fabulous addition to the genre. Her latest is a true delight, complete with fascinating characters from all walks of life. Readers will enjoy in this novel and its well-written descriptions of the craft of quilting. (Apr., 320 pp., $23.00)
Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: April 2006