Chiaverini's book is wonderful --
a paean to the strength and beauty
of sisterhood. It profiles four women who have been enriched and strengthened by the Elm Creek Quilters while also telling readers about the camp,
the quilt group and a special pattern being used in a goodbye quilt. This
definite must-read reminds you of
the true value of girlfriends.

Elm Creek, an old family manse, had fallen on hard times until the last of the heirs succeeded in turning it into a quilt camp. They've been together for years, through weddings, kids, divorces, losses and triumphs.

Now other changes are coming. One younger member is going off to graduate school, and another is moving away for a new job. (Simon and Schuster, Apr., 310 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed by: 
Bunny Callahan