Image of The Goodbye Quilt


Image of The Goodbye Quilt

The Goodbye Quilt offers a poignant portrayal of the relationship between a mother and her college-age daughter. The quilting and road-trip themes make an unusual, powerful combination. These themes reflect the more transient themes of treasuring the past and dreaming of the future. Wiggs balances both the mother’s and the daughter’s perspectives with insight and compassion.

While driving cross-country with her daughter who is leaving home to attend college, Linda Davis works on a quilt that is comprised of bits of fabric from the events of her daughter Molly’s life. Linda realizes that she will return home to an empty nest and wonders what the new chapter of her life will be like. Her daughter Molly is following her dream of going away to college, but she feels conflicted because of her equally strong desire to stay close to her high school sweetheart. (MIRA, Apr., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Roseann Marlett