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THE GIVING QUILT
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Though well written, this is a hard slog through five women’s stories, told almost entirely in flashbacks. It may be unfair to complain there’s too little action in a novel about quilting, but it’s not too much to ask that characters do something in the present besides sew, iron, eat, go on nature walks and ponder their plights. Even die-hard fans may feel as if they’re stuck in a room with five Debbie Downers and not care enough to keep reading until the predictable, pat resolution.
Five very different women join the Elm Creek “Quiltsgiving” retreat to create quilts for charity. Each carries in her wounded soul a secret tale of sorrow and the faint hope that quilting for a cause will provide some inner peace. Over the course of a week, the women craft not only lovely quilts, but also a network of support that gives each the strength to overcome her troubles when she returns home. (DUTTON, Oct., 368 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed By: Carolyn Martin
Published: October 2012