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The Goodbye Quilt

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The Goodbye Quilt is a deep look at a mother and daughter relationship at a critical point

Mother and daughter Linda and Molly Davis are driving across the country for the latter to begin college. As they journey together on their first trip without the man of the house Dan, Linda, having worked part-time at Pins and Needles, begins knitting a quilt using re...
Mother and daughter Linda and Molly Davis are driving across the country for the latter to begin college. As they journey together on their first trip without the man of the house Dan, Linda, having worked part-time at Pins and Needles, begins knitting a quilt using remnants of fabrics from Molly's past to highlight her daughter's life. Her plan is to give the quit to her daughter when they reach their destination.

Linda also ponders what life will be like without her offspring sharing the house with her and Dan who remained behind to care for their aging pet Hoover. Meanwhile as Linda considers empty nesting, Molly wonders about leaving behind her high school boyfriend.

The Goodbye Quilt is a deep look at a mother and daughter relationship at a critical point when the only offspring leaves home for the first time. The quilt represents where Molly has been while the road trip reflects the present and where she is going. Susan Wiggs provides a powerful passionate parable of the first rite of passage the older person begins passing life's torch to the next generation.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on March 9, 2011

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For the Empty-Nesters

I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book. First, the not so good. Let me preface by saying that this is most likely particular to my situation. I am a quilter, and I have worked for a quilt shop, and as a professional quilter, for 13 years. Because of that, I thin...
I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book. First, the not so good. Let me preface by saying that this is most likely particular to my situation. I am a quilter, and I have worked for a quilt shop, and as a professional quilter, for 13 years. Because of that, I think the quilting theme, while possibly quaint to other readers (and something I thought I would enjoy as well), was somewhat tedious to me. I imagine it's like someone who works in a book shop reading a novel set in a book shop. I adore books like that. For booksellers, perhaps it just reminds them of work. That was an issue, not the only issue, but still something that lessened my enjoyment. The other problem I had with the book was that it seemed slow at times. It was almost like reading what could have been a short story that dragged for a bit too long. It was very emotive and not much in the way of action,. Lots more going on in the main character's mind than actually moving the story along. This isn't so much a fault of the book, more just a style preference of my own. I personally prefer more plot and less introspection. Now, the good. The book was beautifully written, and the style was lovely. At times, I admit I had to look up a word or two - Ms. Wiggs obviously has an excellent vocabulary - but it never felt pretentious, just smartly written. While I would have liked to see the relationship between the husband and wife fleshed out a bit more, I found the characters to be well-written and easily relatable. On the whole, it is a quick and enjoyable read, and I believe those who appreciate introspective, emotional fiction will really love this book.

posted by virginiahomeshooler on May 4, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2011

    best book

    best book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Love this sweet story

    I found this book charming and quite touching. I was moved to tears a couple times while reading this and thoroughlybenjiyed this book. It's a great quick summer read.. I finished it in a few hours. I am a quilter and loved that aspect of the story, but any non-quilter could pick this up and enjoy it.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Great book for needleworkers everywhere!

    What a sweetly nostalgic book! Not only is it the telling of the making of a quilt, it is the developing of a grownup relationship between a mother and daughter, with all its stresses and strains and poignancy. And what happens to the quilt in the end is the best surprise of all!

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    Good Book

    This was a nice quick read. I read it as we were taking my daughter on college visits. Very touching story of the bond between mother and daughter and how to deal with impending "empty nest" feelings. Loved it so much I bought for my mother as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2011

    Very good

    I bought this book as I am a quilter. It was a very good book and I enjoyed it a bunch. Susan Wiggs is a great writer - have read all her books!

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    Recommend

    Have enjoyed all of Susan Wiggs books.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2011

    Greaat!

    This book hurt me in agood way its Frecken awesomme!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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