How To Make An American Quilt Author:Whitney Otto From the front flap: [This book] makes a brilliant fictional debut. Exploring the equally strong human desires to be both joined and separate, it captures the significant passages in women's lives. — The novel is a verbal quilt worked in luminous prose. Seven sets of quilting instructions, touching on the evolution of this domestic art in America... more »n history, bind together the stories of the members of a contemporary quilting group in the small town of Grasse on the outskirts of Bakersfield, CA. We come to know these women as they experience betrayal, loss, and misunderstanding, only to find, in the end friendship, forgiveness, and love at the least likely moments.
From grief to stolen passion, youth to age, scandal to solace, the narrative ranges through mood and time, applying the past to the present and the sad to the joyous, producing the magnificent design of the whole...a wise, resonant, and memorable work of fiction.« less