Sandra Dallas tells a good story and this book is no exception. Don't worry about getting all the characters straight in the beginning. The whole story comes together and tells of strength and friendship in a quilting club in Harveyville, Kansas during the dry years in the '30s.
I really loved this book, and it was nice to read about Kansas (where I grew up) in the 1930's, when my parents were pre-teens. I loved the quilting angle, as I am a quilter. A really good book and one that stayed with me... and a good twist at the end!
It is the 1930s, and hard times have hit Harveyville, Kansas, where the crops are burning up and there\'s not a job to be found. For Queenie Bean, a young farm wife, a highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Club, a group of local ladies dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their quilting skills to good use. When a new member of the group stirs up a dark secret, the women must band together to support and protect one another. In her magical, memorable novel, Saundra Dallas explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad.
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.
Set in the dust bowl during the Depression, this is an interesting story about a group of women who have a quilting group. (Persian Pickle is a colloquialism for paisley.) The thing that held me back from giving it 4 stars: I found the unusual and odd names a little difficult to assign to characters, because of their oddity, but also because there are extended families, several of whom only factor into the story for a sentence or two, which makes them difficult to distinguish from one another.
I enjoyed this book. I thought the characters of the women were well developed, especially that of Rita. I liked how the women all banned together to help each other over and over in the book. They even covered up two major scandalls and protected each other at all costs. I loved this quality about these women.
I love this author. This story about the depression in Kansas brought back many memories of that time when I was a child. Very short book; very readable, very enjoyable. I did have some confusion remembering all of the names of the women in the club for some reason. It is a book about friendship and hardship. I would recommend it to anyone. Also loved her book, "Buster Midmight's Cafe" era post WWII. Genny Sikes
A story about women supporting and protecting each other. The women belong to a quilting club that believes in enlightening their minds, gossip and joining together to make quilts. A story about the true sister-hood of women!
This is my 4th Sandra Dallas book and I've enjoyed everyone. This particular book is about the 1930's and hard times in Harveysville, Kansas. It explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad.
I figured out the "mystery" fairly quickly. But still it was a good quick get away from the world for a day read. I may pick up some more of her books for those times I need a super simple book to just get away.
This is a light read, and very enjoyable. I was surprised at the age of the narrator. She seemed to have an older voice to me. Perhaps it was because of the Dust Bowl Era, that she seemed more mature. Overall, the storyline was good. I could get a firm picture of each character. Though the title is unusual, I liked that the author explained what it meant as I read through the book. If you're looking for something light to read at the beach or in the carpool line at school, this is a perfect choice. I look forward to reading more of Sandra Dallas' books.
It is the 1930s, and hard times have hit Harveyville, Kansas, where the crops are burning up, and there's not a job to be found. For Queenie Bean, a young farm wife, a highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Club, a group of local ladies dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their quilting skills to good use. When a new member of the club stirs up a dark secret, the women must band together to support and protect one another. In her magical, memorable novel, Sandra Dallas explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad.
This is a great story and mystery; all the way to the last page of the book.
Enjoyed this little read so very much. The phrasing of these wonderful characters are enough to make one like this one. I laughed many times as I read through their conversations.
Just so you know it's about a murder and a women's quilting club during dust bowl years. Friendship among the women is a strong thread that holds the story together. The murder? Who did it? One is never certain but it doesn't seem to matter in this read. Why? You have to pick it up to discover for yourself. Somehow it all weaves together for an entertaining reading experience.
If you're looking for a book about the power of friendship, The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas is the book for you. Don't let the name fool you. It's not set in the Middle East. The story takes place in Kansas during the hard times and drought of the 1930s. A Persian pickle is a paisley, and the club is a quilting bee. The women of the Persian Pickle Club dress up and meet regularly to quilt and socialize. They love nothing more than trading fabric scraps and finding new patterns with names like Better Times, Nine-Patch, Wandering Foot, and Road to Californy.
When new comer, Rita, joins the group, they try to welcome her even though she doesn't quite fit in. She's a college girl who doesn't know how to sew a stitch. She has a hankering for bourbon and a yearning to be a journalist. She would prefer to read rather than sew, which is something Queenie just can't understand. The story is told by Queenie, a kind and sensible young farmwife who befriends Rita and helps her in her quest to become a journalist.
I loved this book from beginning to the very end. Through miscarriages, polio scares, problems with daughters, or even the discovery of one woman's missing husband found buried in a field, the Pickles are there for each other. The book is a fast read. You might zip through it, but Queenie and the Pickles will stay with you a long time.
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This was the second time I read this book and I think I enjoyed it even more the second time around. Things I liked about the book: the author uses the vernacular of the place and time. When the characters speak they sound authentic, even though some of the characters are not well educated. You can hear their accents and "see" how they're dressed. It was not difficult to imagine the scenery, the decor of the homes, or the quilts. This book was the January read for my book club. Though I'm the only quilter in the group, everyone enjoyed it and had a lot to say. From the food to the murder mystery to the odd characters there was something for everyone to love. Highly recommend it!
Persian Pickle Club, a group of local ladies dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their quilting skills to good use. When a new member of the club stirs up dark secrets, the women must band together to protect and support one another. 4 stars
This book was excellent. Publishers weekly as this to say about the book-"An 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.
Queenie Bean enjoys getting together each week with the Persian Pickle Club, a group of local ladies who get together each week, quilting and gossiping. But what about this new member...and the secret she's stirring up?
The 1930's during a drought brought farmer's wives and neighbors to form a quilting group known as The Persian Pickle Club. It was Friendship and kinship that kept the club quilting for the Preacher or other community needs. But the real treasure was not in the stitches, fabrics or choice of patterns - it was the secrets that were known and kept.
When Rita moved back with her Husband Tom, she wanted to escape the farm life and began to write articles for the local paper - coming upon secrets that needed to be kept and not exposed to the world. While being taught to quilt, she learned the true value of friendships.
It is the 1930's, and hard times have hit Harveyville, Ks, where the crops are burning uap and there's not a job to be found.
For Queenie Bean, a young farm wife, a higlight of each week is the gathering of local ladies dedicated to improving their minds, echanging gossip and putting their quilting skill to good use. When a member of the club stirs up a dark secret, the women must bond together to support and protect one another.