The Cross-Country Quilters Book Summary and Study Guide

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Simon & Schuster, Apr 2001, 21.00, 400 pp.
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ISBN: 0743202570

    Everyone familiar with the hobby respects the famous quilting retreat at Elm Creak Manor in Waterford, Pennsylvania. Strangers come there to camp and life long friendships have formed such as the accidental meeting of the Cross-Country Quilters who vow to return next year.

    The group consists of people from a wide variety of lifestyles. Long time attendee octogenarian Vinnie has been at Elm Creek every year since it opened. Julia the actress needs to learn the art for a part. Award winning Grace suffers from a nasty medical diagnosis that has left her with a quilter's mental block. Megan earned a week at the camp as a prize from a quilting magazine and is accompanied by her cyber-friend Donna, escaping from a daughter that is worrying her to death. Even after the camp ends, the participants stay in contact encouraging, boosting, and cheering each one's triumphs.

    Jennifer Chiaverini has written a special book that demonstrates the resiliency and courage of an extraordinary group of determined women. Although Elm Creek manor is not the star of the story line, it serves as they catalyst that generates the development of subplots into a cohesive tale.
THE CROSS-COUNTRY Quilters is a powerful women's mainstream fiction at its literary best.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Life of a profession:    -   actor Strong "rags to riches" component?    -   Yes Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Mother (or standin) Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Brain/Body disability?    -   physical disability Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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