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The Persian Pickle Club

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It is the 1930s, and hard times have hit Harveyville, Kansas, where the crops are burning up, and there's not a job to be found. For Queenie Bean, a young farm wife, a highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Club, a group of local ladies dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their quilting skills to good use. When a new member of the club stirs up a dark secret, the women must band together to support and protect one another. In her magical, memorable novel, ...

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Overview

It is the 1930s, and hard times have hit Harveyville, Kansas, where the crops are burning up, and there's not a job to be found. For Queenie Bean, a young farm wife, a highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Club, a group of local ladies dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their quilting skills to good use. When a new member of the club stirs up a dark secret, the women must band together to support and protect one another. In her magical, memorable novel, Sandra Dallas explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad.

This magical, memorable novel explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad. It is the 1930s, and hard times have hit Harleyville, Kansas, where crops are burning up and there's not a job to be found. For one young farm wife, the highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Clubs, a group of locals dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their well-honed quilting skills to good use. Film rights sold to Norman Twain Productions.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A colorful exploration of Depression-era Kansas and the meaning of friendship." —The New York Times Book Review

"An endearing story that depicts small-town eccentricities with affection and adds dazzle with some late-breaking surprises. Dallas hits all the right notes, combining an authentic look at the social fabric of Depression-era life with a homespun suspense story." —Publishers Weekly

"Affecting...A book about how times can never be so hard that they can't be eased when people come together." —Denver Post

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This entertaining second novel from the author of the well-received Buster Midnight's Cafe could be a sleeper. Set in Depression-era Kansas and made vivid with the narrator's humorous down-home voice, it's a story of loyalty and friendship in a women's quilting circle. Young farm wife Queenie Bean tells about the brief membership of a city girl named Rita, whose boredom with country living and aspirations to be an investigative reporter lead her to unearth secrets in the close-knit group, called the Persian Pickle Club after a coveted paisley print. Queenie's desire to win Rita's friendship ``We were chickens... and Rita was a hummingbird'' clashes with her loyalty to the Pickles when Rita tries to solve the murder of a member's husband, in the process unearthing complicated relationships among the women who meet each week to quilt and read aloud to each other. The result is a simple but endearing story that depicts small-town eccentricities with affection and adds dazzle with some late-breaking surprises. Dallas hits all the right notes, combining an authentic look at the social fabric of Depression-era life with a homespun suspense story. Film rights to Norman Twain Productions; Literary Guild alternate selection. Oct.
Library Journal
Hard times in Depression-era Harveyville, Kansas, are softened by the conviviality of a weekly quilting circle called the Persian Pickle Club. Queenie Bean, the "talkingest" member of the group, narrates the novel with snappy style. Over the course of a year, during which the club experiences more sorrow than sewing, Queenie and her pals depend on one another more than ever. When Queenie forms a fast friendship with the newest "Pickle," a flashy, big-city gal named Rita, the equilibrium of the group changes, for Rita is a novice newspaper reporter intent on making a name for herself. The story Rita most wants to crack involves the mysterious death of one of the club ladies' husbands. Will secrets long stitched into the collective fabric of friendship hold? This and other suspenseful questions of small-town life will entertain readers who enjoyed Fannie Flag's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Random, 1987), Olive Ann Burns's Cold Sassy Tree (LJ 10/15/84), or Dallas's first novel, Buster Midnight's Cafe (LJ 4/15/90).Keddy Ann Outlaw, Harris Cty. P.L., Houston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312147013
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 134,923
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 8.15 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Dallas

Award-winning author Sandra Dallas was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. She is the author of The Bride’s House, Whiter Than Snow, Prayers for Sale and Tallgrass, among others. She is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award and the two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. For 25 years, Dallas worked as a reporter covering the Rocky Mountain region for Business Week, and started writing fiction in 1990. She lives with her husband in Denver, Colorado.

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Reading Group Guide

It is the 1930s, and hard times have hit Harveyville, Kansas, where the crops are burning up, and there's not a job to be found. For Queenie Bean, a young farm wife, a highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Club, a group of local ladies dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their quilting skills to good use. When a new member of the club stirs up a dark secret, the women must band together to support and protect one another. In her magical, memorable novel, Sandra Dallas explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

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    The best known secret

    I bought this for my mom as gift. She loved it so much my sister & I both ended up reading and have passed it along to our friends too. It's a quick read, great characters, it's about friendship at its truest form. Fun and entertaining....I read it in a day, I couldn't put it down.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

    Love Sandra Dallas

    Loved the characters. Women make such good friends and love and protect each other throughout life. Great read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    The Persian Pickle Club

    I didn't expect much from The Persian Pickle Club, but read it for our newly formed book club. I was pleasantly surprised and delighted by the characters and story line, both of which informed me and gave me a glimpse of the Depression era in a small town setting. The characters are delightful and real, not ideal, but human. They are women we would be proud to claim as our grandmothers. As the story begins one doesn't expect it to turn into a mystery which captivates and yet produces a surprise ending. I loved it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Quilting and murder

    I really wasn't sure how I'd like this, since I'm not a big "chic lit" fan, but once into it, I got caught up in the quilting, the different personalities, the cohesiveness of the "Pickle" as the quilting/social group refer to themselves. Thing really started moving, when the body of a missing husband was discovered. This is 1930's KS, farmland drought time. Times were tough. Interesting tidbits about quilting, and quilts.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    Wish this were a Lend Me!

    I really enjoyed this book. The blending of lives, efficient descriptions- it may be short, but the story is as rich and interesting as any 600 page novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    A most enjoyable lesson on the Depression-Era Midwest -- fun to read!

    When you join the ladies of the Persian Pickle Club, you experience life with them in all its trials and joys. You can taste the buttermilk, feel the dust, see the quilt patterns, and love the humble citizens of 1930's dustbowl Kansas. It's not merely a Sunday stroll through a sleepy town, though. In your time spent there, you'll also experience the paralyzing fear of stumbling upon "drifters" and, when human remains are found in a field and identified as a "pickle's" missing husband, there is drama and intrigue. The mystery will keep you turning to the very last page. Queenie, Rita, and the other gals will warmly welcome you. Pick up this book and join them!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    My favorite Sandra Dallas book so far

    I love all her books, this is by far my favorite!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    Highly Recommended- check it out!

    This is a great little chat book. It reminded me about the happenings in the "Dirty Thirties" described by my Mom.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Wonderful

    I thought this book was wonderful. Showed a different era that I could relate to. Highly recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    The Persian Pickle Club is a Great Story

    This story is awesome because it centers around an intresting era, and it has a mystery also. The characters are great, and I highly reccomend this novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    an avid reader

    I had never read this author before, but I will definitely read more of her books. I loved the characters, they became old friends by the end. I even learned a little bit about quilting. Loved the ending, it kept you guessing right up to the last page. Read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2003

    Great book

    Was given this book by a friend. Not usually the type of book I'd pick for myself,but I was pleasantly surprised. It is a book I will recommend to friends if they're looking for a quick read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2001

    Buy This Book!!

    I bought this at my local Barnes and Noble last Wednesday (4th of July). I just finished it this afternoon. A staffer in the store recommended it and if you are hankering for just a good simple read with well developed characters and some surprises along the way, you will love this. I plan to go back today and get a few more of her titles!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2000

    Quilting Murder Mystery!

    I knew all these people in the book. Some were my family members and some are neighbors. One character I hated, then loved, then hated, then loved again. Parts of it made me hold my breath and some made me laugh out loud. The ending was a real surprise!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Wonderful!

    Love her style of writing. I was totally drawn in from the very beginning to the very end. First book I've read by this author & looking forward to reading her other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Awful

    This is a terrible and silly book. Waste of time. Would not recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Plainstar

    Wimpers loudly for everyone to hear

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Gemkit

    Ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Greysky

    Rgh res 3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Lightpaw

    Dies of mysterious dissise

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