“The Union Quilters” is Jennifer Chiaverini’s newest novel, the 17th in her popular Elm Creek Quilts Series. It takes a step back in history to …
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“The Union Quilters” is Jennifer Chiaverini’s newest novel, the
17th in her popular Elm Creek Quilts Series.
It takes a step back in history to the remarkable women who
lived in Elm Creek Valley in Pennsylvania during the Civil War. The
reader meets ancestors of some contemporary characters created by
this author who skillfully blends quilting and history.
She will appear at 7:30 p.m. March 4 at the Tattered Cover
Highlands Ranch for a reading, questions and answers and
It’s not necessary to read the earlier books to enjoy this one.
It’s a complete tale in itself, starting with the colorful
endpapers that illustrate special quilt blocks these women used.
Several of Chiaverini’s earlier books were set during the Civil War
and characters reappear here to continue their stories. Some, for
instance hosted runaway slaves in the Underground Railroad
“The Union Quilters” takes place in a rural Pennsylvania valley
— and with northern soldiers in the thick of battle, in a rustic
hospital and more. She has obviously spent untold hours in
researching the accounts of life at that time and historical detail
is woven in with character development. (She writes that she lives
in Madison, Wis., and has access to the fine university library
Families are left with the women in charge when men leave for
war. They decide to build a meeting house where they can work
together, raise money to help their soldiers and host educational
programs. Capable women that they are, they determine to operate it
themselves, to the consternation of the mayor and town council.
Though each has an individual story, they sew and knit and quilt
and gather food to send to the men at war. And to socialize and
lend each other support.
Each character represents a way of thinking, a facet of
political thought of the time and for those who have read other
novels in the series, there may be connecting threads. The
situation of the one black family tells another piece of the town’s
story, as does that of the German-born husband who doesn’t believe
“The Union Quilters” is well-crafted and will interest
historical fiction buffs as well as quilters. Those who are new to
the series will probably next want to look up earlier titles with
various settings and timelines.
If you go:
The Highlands Ranch Tattered Cover is at 9315 Dorchester St.,
Highlands Ranch. 303-470-7050.
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