Monday, August 22, 2011

The Goodbye Quilt, by Susan Wiggs


The Goodbye QuiltThe Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Linda and her daughter Molly embark on a trip to drop Molly off at college. Linda has been making a beautiful memory quilt of scraps of clothing from Molly’s life. The book, told in the first person, explores Linda’s love for her daughter and her fears as to whether she has taught Molly all she needs to know and what happens now that she and her husband will be empty-nesters.


Although I do not have any children, I related deeply to this book as I remembered my own cross country trip (and air plane ride) with my mother as she dropped me off at college. Anyone who has experienced this will find this book deeply sentimental and great at evoking the memories of that trip.


Through the quilting, Linda shares her memories and fears with us as she tries to impart her daughter with some more lasting wisdom whilst at the same time realizing she is an adult, capable of making her own decisions.


I enjoyed the book. It is a very mushy mushy, I want to make you cry kind of a book. But, it is still good.


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