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Susan Wiggs

The Goodbye Quilt (Paperback)

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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....


Age Range
13 - 17 Years
Mira Books
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Original Languages
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Susan Wiggs
The Goodbye Quilt
Publication Date
October, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches

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Linda and Dan met when...

Linda and Dan met when they were young at a bar. Shortly after meeting they married. A short while later, along came their beautiful daughter Molly. Linda put off her college education so she could be a full time Mommy. She decided her child needed her then and she would later finish her schooling. That time never came. Linda was very protective of her daughter, as most mothers are. Somewhat overbearing at times. She constantly made suggestions on what Molly should do, she was more of the ogress in the book, whereas Dan was the one who let her sway him. If Molly didn't want to do something and Dan was there to let her have her way, they were off to get ice cream instead of the task at hand. Hoover was Molly's lifelong buddy, they grew up together and had a special relationship. Throughout the story Molly grows up and is getting ready to head to college out of the area. Travis is Molly's boyfriend and naturally in love with Molly. He tried everything is his power to convince her that she should just stay in their town and college there locally. However, Molly was already accepted into another out of state. Growing up and leaving home is one of the most memorable tasks that a child will do. At 18 it is time to start you own life, learn your own lessons create your own goals and take what you learned from your parents and do with it what is right. However, saying goodbye is never easy. Molly and her mother decide to make one more memmory before she is off to college. She and her mother will drive there and enjoy the girl time they have left. Linda is in the process of making a quilt with articles of childhood cloth from special occassions. She hand stitched this quilt and was giving it to her daughter for a going away present. A lot of love, sweat, blood, and tears went into the making of it. Molly is the regular teenager who wants to be on her own and mother just does not want to let go. She is afraid of the empty nest she will be coming home to. She feels that all she has done her entire life is raise her child. Now it is time for them both to start a new chapter in their lives. Travis interferes by flying halfway to the final destination to give one last attempt at changing her mind. The decision is hers to make. Every mother always wants better for her child than what she had. That is a maternal instinct. Quilting is a favorite pasttime of Linda's although the shop is due to close down or be sold soon. When she returns to her husband and Hoover their lives will be different, starting over again. What will she do to cope? What will Molly do? Will each of them make the right decision? Where does Travis fit in to all this? Dan is a very loving, laid back, strong on the outside man. If you have a heart and like to read touching family stories with a true message, you should not pass this book up. It is a very easy read. Not fast past, just page after page of the way life is and letting go when it is time. Susan Wiggs always makes it a point to teach us something special in her work. I have not been let down yet.

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The Goodbye QuiltSusan...

The Goodbye Quilt Susan Wiggs, Author ISBN 978-0-7783-2996-1 When I read the description of this book I knew that this was a book I wanted to read. You see I am a mother of a 6 ½ year old daughter and an avid crafter/fiber-artist. This book follows the story of a mother who loves to quilt, and a trip she makes with her daughter across country to take her daughter to her new college. This book is a coming of age story not of the daughter but of the mother. We always think that we come of age only once in life, but we have many ages and many ways to enter our new life. The main character, Linda, was someone I could relate to on almost every level. She was honest about how she felt and I could relate to all of her fears and concerns not only for her daughter but for herself and her families future. I enjoyed the pace of the book more as I got into it. The first chapter felt a little rough at first but soon I was rolling right along with it. Much like the car as it was traveling across country. I especially like the ending. It was a surprising extra treat. The only thing I think I could say I did not particularly care for was the cover art. While I got the sentiment of it, coming from a crafting background I knew that a true quilter would never be satisfied with the stitching of the appliquéd heart. However, I think that to be a very small issue and easily looked past once you open the book. This would be a great pick for a book club or a crafting group anywhere.

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I have somewhat mixed ...

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.

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Received from Publisher Quick Review This is one of those books that I can't break down in my normal review method without giving anything away. So I am going to use my quick review method because I think it will do the book more justice. The Goodbye Quilt is a very sweet and heartwarming book that will tug at every heartstring you have! I think in some ways this book will touch any woman who reads it. You can't help but see yourself in some of the situations and laugh/cry/giggle several times while reading. Some of the story will reflect how you communicate with your own mother (or mother figure) and make you think about the women who had the most impact on your life. It will also make you realize how much you have impacted their lives and start reflecting on your own special memories. This was also tons of fun and very quick to read. It would be a perfect sitting out in the sun read, just make sure to bring a few kleenex's as I teared up a few times. I have never read Susan Wiggs before but I will be reading her in the future. She is a fantastic writer.

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Enjoyed reading this b...

Enjoyed reading this book. A story of a mom and daughter on their journey across the country. Mom is driving her to her 1st year of college.


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