The Goodbye Quilt
By Susan Wiggs
(Mira, Hardcover, 9780778329961, 400pp.)
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
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Linda Davis's local fabric shop is a place where women gather to share their creations: quilts commemorating important events in their lives. Wedding quilts, baby quilts, memorial quiltseach is bound tight with dreams, hopes and yearnings.
Now, as her only child readies for college, Linda is torn between excitement for Molly and heartache for herself. Who will she be when she is no longer needed in her role as mom? What will become of her days? Of her marriage?
Mother and daughter decide to share one last adventure togethera cross-country road trip to move Molly into her dorm. As they wend their way through the heart of the country, Linda stitches together the scraps that make up Molly's young life. And in the quilting of each bit of fabricthe hem of a christening gown, a snippet from a Halloween costumeLinda discovers that the memories of a shared journey can come together in a way that will keep them both warm in the years to come .
"Susan Wiggs paints the details
of human relationships with the
finesse of a master."
"With the ease of a master, Wiggs introduces complicated, flesh-and-blood characters into her idyllic but identifiable small-town setting...." --Publishers Weekly, starred review on The Winter Lodge
"Wiggs's talent is reflected in her thoroughly believable characters as well as the way she recognizes the importance of family by blood or other ties."
"Wiggs is one of our best observers of stories of the heart. She knows how to capture emotion on virtually every page of every book."
"Wiggs' prose is both compelling and moving...Each and every character is finely detailed, and finishing the book feels like saying goodbye to dear old friends."-RT BookReviews on Summer at Willow Lake
"Just Breathe is tender and heartbreaking... It's a beautiful novel." --Luanne Rice
"Wiggs takes serious situations and weaves them into an emotionally wrought story that will have readers reaching for the Kleenex one moment and snickering out loud the next."-Publishers Weekly on Just Breathe
"Wiggs explores many aspects of grief, from guilt to anger to regret, imbuing her book with the classic would've/could've/should've emotions, and presenting realistic and sympathetic characters.... another excellent title to her already-outstanding body of work." --Booklist, starred review, on Table for Five