It is the 1930s and hard times have hit Harveyville, Kansas. For Queenie, a young farm wife, the highlight of her week is the meeting of the Persian Pickle Club (named after a favorite quilting pattern), a group of local women who get together to gossip and quilt. The club gains a new member from Denver with a penchant for investigation, and the Pickles face the revelation of a long kept secret. Simultaneous hardcover release from St. Martin's Press. 2 cassettes.
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Sandra Dallas is the author of Alice's Tulips, The Diary of Mattie Spenser, and Buster Midnight's Cafe. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
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.
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Book Description Arrow Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099727013
Book Description Arrow Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099727013
Book Description Arrow Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0099727013 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0039526
Book Description Arrow Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99727013