I do not make it to the library as often as I would like, it is my own fault. I was on the phone with my dad and he mentioned a book he checked out that grabbed my fancy, though, so I made a fast trip last night and checked it out here, after checking online to see if my library had it available.
The title is The Goodbye Quilt, and I admit when he told me about it it sounded a bit like chic lit, and I wondered why he checked it out, but I also see how it fits with his interest in family history.
The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs is centered around a mom driving with her only child from a Western state to a prestigious school in the East where she has a full music scholarship. Mom intends to finish the quilt she is hand making for her daughter, Molly, as they drive. She is embellishing it with stitched in sayings and pieces of history from the last eighteen years.
The story is really about letting your child become an adult, seeing potential for yourself beyond parenting, and making new starts. Some questions are left un answered, some details I expected to see are not there, as Susan Wiggs is very wise. They are not necessary to the story.
I loved this book, read it immediately all the way through. It was a short book in large print, and I feel that I gained insight into my relationship with my parents, my relationship with my wonderful and talented daughter, and I could really participate in the story in that way.
I wonder if I can get my daughter to read it.
This book is full of quotes about quilts and quilting all the way through, as introductions to each chapter and added thoughts in the body of the story.
Nice, entertaining, thought provoking, but not heavy reading.