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When Sarah McClure and her husband, Matt, move to the small town of Waterford, Pennsylvania, to get a fresh start, Sarah struggles to find a fulfilling job. Disheartened by failed interviews, she reluctantly accepts a temporary position at Elm Creek Manor helping seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate for sale after the recent death of Sylvia’s estranged sister. As part of her compensation, Sarah is taught how to quilt by this reclusive, cantankerous master quilter.

During their lessons, Mrs. Compson slowly opens up to Sarah, sharing powerful, devastating stories of her life as a young woman on the World War II home front. Hearing tales of how Mrs. Compson’s family was torn apart by tragedy, jealousy, and betrayal, Sarah is forced to confront uncomfortable truths about her own family, truths she has denied for far too long. As the friendship between the two women deepens, Mrs. Compson confides that although she would love to remain at her beloved family estate, Elm Creek Manor exists as a constant, unbearable reminder of her role in her family’s misfortune. For Sarah, there can be no greater reward than teaching Mrs. Compson to forgive herself for her past mistakes, restoring life and joy to her cherished home.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jennifer Chiaverini’s first novel is a heartwarming story of relationships that, like pieces of a quilt, can be connected with discord or with harmony. You’ll discover friendship here, and you’ll learn a thing or two about quilting, too.”   

    Sandra Dallas, author of The Persian Pickle Club

  • “I enjoyed every word of Jennifer Chiaverini’s story about friendship and forgiveness. She very accurately portrays the spirit and sense of humor of today’s quilters. If The Quilter’s Apprentice were a true story, I would love to be a part of Sarah and Sylvia’s brilliant project.”  

    Marianne Fons, coauthor of Quilter’s Complete Guide 

  • “I enjoyed the way Chiaverini deftly stitched the lives of these two women together. That she chose patchwork and quilting to help tell the story was a special bonus. Tell Sarah and Sylvia I’d quilt with them any day!” 

    Ami Simms author of How to Improve Your Quilting Stitch and Invisible Appliqué 

  • “With quiet intelligence and dry wit, Jennifer Chiaverini explores the delicate relationships between women—mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. The world she creates in The Quilter’s Apprentice is rich with the textured, complicated lives of memorable characters engaged in the hard business of ordinary life.” 

    Charlotte Holmes, author of Gifts and Other Stories

  • “I marvel at the craft of the work, the quiet architecture that allows the story to carry the load. Like the quilts described, the novel itself is carefully pieced together and each piece feels, sounds, and is fat with history and meaning. This is a quiet, beautiful novel, full of gentle wisdom and genuine humility. It is a rare work these days.” 

    Percival Everett, author of Frenzy and Watershed 

  • “Chiaverini, a quilter herself, has pieced together a beautiful story in this first novel.”  

    Library Journal 

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