The Goodbye Quilt

The Goodbye Quilt

by Susan Wiggs
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The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs

Linda Davis's local fabric shop is a place where women gather to share their creations: wedding quilts, baby quilts, memorial quilts, each 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?

As mother and daughter embark on a cross-country road trip to move Molly into her dorm, Linda pieces together the scraps that make up Molly's young life—the hem of a christening gown, a snippet from a Halloween costume. And in the stitching of each bit of fabric, Linda 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….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459215221
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 64,216
File size: 380 KB

About the Author

Susan Wiggs is the author of many beloved bestsellers, including the popular Lakeshore Chronicles series. She has won many awards for her work, including a RITA from Romance Writers of America. Visit her website at

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The Goodbye Quilt 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
LJCRNA More than 1 year ago
Sent it to my sister who's a quilter and she loved it
devonsvoice More than 1 year ago
I've really enjoyed Wiggs' Lakeshore Chronicles series, but I just haven't been able to embrace this book. I'm several chapters in and keep hoping the pace will pick up, but I finally peeked at the middle of the book and found it to be the same grueling pace as the first few chapters have been. This could have been a great short story for a magazine, but it's just way too slow for me.
Atreyu59 More than 1 year ago
This book brings out that part of us "moms" that we all have to grapple with - our children leaving home for college and that empty home. . . . Who are we now that it is 18 years later, many trials, drama, and episodes of life later- will we be happy with ourself and who we have become . . . . I love this book & read it so quick I needed more . .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry you are having such a difficult time getting books on your nook i would try and bring the nook to bn and ask to speak to a supervisor! Maybe that will get you help,good luck Best book ever!A must read for any mother, with a daugther about to leave home for the first time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story!! Fantastic writer too!""
MaryBeeMR More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, just as I do all of Susan Wiggs books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this mother/daughter story.
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Cheerokee72 More than 1 year ago
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!
Nikic73 More than 1 year ago
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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adc60 More than 1 year ago
Never got to read it because for some reason I am not able to purchase boks. Have tried to get in touch with sales audit department numerous times but stll have never spoke to someone who can help me. Spoke to several reps but they told me they were not able to tell me why I couldn't buy books and really did not seem to care either. Have e-mailed many times as well. Barnes & Noble has never responded in any way. So for now the library is where I'll go and my Nook will sit unused on a shelf. I certainly will not recommend anyone to buy one either since there is no support if needed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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