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The Quilter's Apprentice

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Tangled, anxious thoughts relaxed when she felt the fabric beneath her fingers and remembered that she was creating something beautiful enough to delight the eyes as well as the heart, something strong enough to defeat the cold of a Pennsylvania winter night. She could do these things. She, Sarah, had the power to do these things.

From debut novelist Jennifer Chiaverini comes The Quilter's Apprentice, a delightful, timeless story of loyalty and friendship.

When Sarah McClure and her husband, Matt, move to the small town of Waterford, Pennsylvania, to get a fresh start, Sarah struggles to find a fulfilling job. Disheartened by failed interviews, she reluctantly accepts a temporary position at Elm Creek Manor helping seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate for sale after the recent death of Sylvia's estranged sister. As part of her compensation, Sarah is taught how to quilt by this reclusive, cantankerous master quilter.

During their lessons, Mrs. Compson slowly opens up to Sarah, sharing powerful, devastating stories of her life as a young woman on the World War II home front. Hearing tales of how Mrs. Compson's family was torn apart by tragedy, jealousy, and betrayal, Sarah is forced to confront uncomfortable truths about her own family — truths that she has denied for far too long. As the friendship between the two women deepens, Mrs. Compson confides that although she would love to remain at her beloved family estate, Elm Creek Manor exists as a constant, unbearable reminder of her role in her family's misfortune. For Sarah, there can be no greater reward than teaching Mrs. Compson to forgive herself for her past mistakes, restoring life and joy to her cherished home.

Heartfelt and inspiring, The Quilter's Apprentice teaches deep lessons about family, friendship, and sisterhood — and about creating a life as you would a quilt: with time, love, and patience, piecing the miscellaneous and mismatched scraps into a harmonious, beautiful whole.

About the Author

Jennifer Chiaverini taught herself to quilt in 1994 and has been quilting ever since. She wrote The Quilter's Apprentice, her first novel, as a gift for the quilters she has known who have blessed her life with their friendship. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a former writing instructor at Penn State, she now lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is working on her second novel and her eighteenth quilt.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684849720
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Chiaverini, Jennifer
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Quilting
Subject:
Pennsylvania
Subject:
Quilts
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
Aged women
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Pennsylvania Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Jennifer Chiaverini, Mrs. Lincoln s Dressmaker, Elm Creek Manor, Elm Creek Quilts, Elm Creek, Elm Creek Quilters, Pennsylvania, Quilt, Quilters, Quilting Circles, Sew, Stitch, Craft, Crafts, Pattern, Hobbies, Female Friendships, 1920s, Roaring Twenties, F
Subject:
Jennifer Chiaverini, Mrs. Lincoln s Dressmaker, Elm Creek Manor, Elm Creek Quilts, Elm Creek, Elm Creek Quilters, Pennsylvania, Quilt, Quilters, Quilting Circles, Sew, Stitch, Craft, Crafts, Pattern, Hobbies, Female Friendships, 1920s, Roaring Twenties, F
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Elm Creek Quilts Novels
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
April 1999
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 13.09 oz

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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