“Why do you give?”
asks Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson Cooper in The Giving Quilt,
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s artful,
inspiring novel that imagines what good would come from practicing the holiday
spirit each and every day of the year.
At Elm Creek Manor,
the week after Thanksgiving is “Quiltsgiving,” a time to commence a season of
generosity. From near and far, quilters and aspiring quilters—a librarian, a
teacher, a college student, and a quilt-shop clerk among them—gather for a
special winter session of quilt camp, to make quilts for Project Linus.
Each quilter, ever
mindful that many of her neighbors, friends, and family members are struggling
through difficult times, uses her creative gifts to alleviate their collective
burden. As the week unfolds, the quilters respond to Sylvia’s provocative
question in ways as varied as the life experiences that drew them to Elm Creek
Manor. Love and comfort are sewn into the warm, bright, beautiful quilts they
stitch, and their stories collectively consider the strength of human
connection and its rich rewards.
Featuring not only
well-loved characters but also intriguing newcomers, The Giving Quilt will
remind us all that giving from the heart blesses the giver as much as the
recipient, and while giving may not always be easy, it is always worthwhile.
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