The Winding Ways Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

Jennifer Chiaverini, Author . Simon & Schuster $24 (310p) ISBN 978-1-4165-3314-6

Pieced together more like a quilt than a driving narrative, Chiaverini’s 13th novel centered around the quilting circle of Elm Creek, Pa., finds change afoot. Chapters center on the circle’s various members, with a focus on backstory. First-time readers are thus not left out in the cold as Judy and her husband, Steve, prepare to leave for new jobs and lives in Philadelphia; Summer begins grad school in Chicago while boyfriend Jeremy’s graduate work keeps him near Elm Creek Manor; Sarah discovers she’s expecting twins; Bonnie isn’t sure she wants to reinvent the quilt shop destroyed by vandals; and newcomers Gretchen Hartley and Anna Del Maso join the staff of the quilting camp. The section dealing with Gwen’s detective work aimed at discovering the creator of a quilt rescued from a church basement lost and found is the most powerful and poignant in Chiaverini’s latest patchwork confection. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 12/10/2007
Release date: 04/01/2008
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