The Quilter’s Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini

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Author: Jennifer Chiaverini

Title: The Quilter’s Apprentice (first in a series, Elm Creek Quilts)

Genre: Gentle Read

Publication Date: 1999

Number of Pages: 271

Geographical Setting: Waterford, Pennsylvania

Time Period: Present Day

Plot Summary: Sarah and her husband Matt move because Matt has a new job, working for a landscaping company. Sarah has difficulty finding a new job herself. She accompanies Matt to visit one of his clients, Sylvia Compson. Sylvia is an elderly lady who lives in a huge house by herself. Sylvia’s sister Claudia has died, and Sylvia has returned to the family estate to get it ready for sale. Sylvia and her sister have been estranged because both of their husbands enlisted to fight in World War II, and only one husband came back (Claudia’s husband has returned, and Sylvia’s husband James was killed). James died trying to save Sylvia and Claudia’s brother, Richard, while Claudia’s husband froze in fear. Sylvia is strong-minded, opinionated, and rude to Sarah on the first meeting. Sylvia has hired Matt’s landscaping company because she wants to sell her house and move to a smaller property that she owns. She hires Sarah to help her clean up the inside of the house and get it ready for sale. Sarah accepts the position while she looks for a full-time job. Sarah discovers that Sylvia makes beautiful quilts, and learns how to make quilts from her. They eventually become friends through the quilt making lessons, and Sarah starts to realize that she needs to work on her relationship with her mother.

Subject Headings: Women–Friendship—Fiction; Quilt makers—Pennsylvania—Waterford—Fiction; Waterford—Pennsylvania—Fiction; Intergenerational friendship—Fiction; Senior women—Fiction; Domestic—Fiction; Historical—Fiction, American; Forgiveness in women—Fiction

Appeal: easy, relaxed, engaging, familiar, insightful, lifelike, realistic, recognizable, series, strong secondary characters, sympathetic, vivid, well-developed, character-centered, domestic, family-centered, gentle, folksy, historical details, intimate, small-town, comfortable, heartwarming, homespun, hopeful, humorous, lighthearted, optimistic, accessible, conversational, natural, simple, unaffected

Similar Fiction Authors and Works:

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs, easy, relaxed, engaging, familiar, realistic, character-driven

Brown Eyes Blue by Carolyn Meyer, engaging, character-driven, vivid, small-town, humorous

Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry (Port William Series #14), gentle, comfortable, small-town, character-driven

Relevant Non-Fiction Authors and Works:

The Art of Classic Quilt making by Harriet Hargrave and Sharyn Craig, 2 teachers present various projects that can be created.

Masters: Art Quilts: Major Works by Leading Artists by Martha Sielman, a look at quilts as art, with numerous examples of each artist.

The Fabric of Friendship: Celebrating the Joys, Mending the Tears in Women’s Relationships by Joy Carol, tells how important the relationship between mothers and daughters is, how to create and develop lasting friendships between women.

Anne

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