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The Christmas Quilt An Elm Creek Quilts Novel (Hardcover)

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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 074328657X
ISBN-13: 9780743286572
Sku: 31214040
Publish Date: 11/1/2005
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.5H x 5.5L x 1.25T
Pages:  225
Age Range:  NA
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Engrossed in decorating Elm Creek Manor on Christmas Eve, Sarah McClure stumbles upon an incomplete Christmas quilt featuring a variety of holiday fabrics and patterns and sets out to uncover the history of the quilt with the help of Sylvia Bergstrom Compson, the Master Quilter and matriarch of Elm Creek Manor, who reveals why the quilt had never been finished. 75,000 first printing. *Author: Chiaverini, Jennifer *Subtitle: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel *Publication Date: 2005/11/01 *Number of Pages: 225 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 7.50
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Engrossed in decorating Elm Creek Manor on Christmas Eve, Sarah McClure stumbles upon an incomplete Christmas quilt featuring a variety of holiday fabrics and patterns and sets out to uncover the history of the quilt with the help of Sylvia Bergstrom Compson, the Master Quilter and matriarch of Elm Creek Manor, who reveals why the quilt had never been finished.When Christmas Eve comes to Elm Creek Manor, the tenor of the holiday is far from certain. Sylvia Bergstrom Compson, the Master Quilter, has her own reasons for preferring a quiet, even subdued, Christmas. Her young friend Sarah McClure, however, takes the opposite view and decides to deck the halls brightly. As she explores the trunks packed with Bergstrom family decorations that haven't been touched in more than fifty years, Sarah discovers a curious Christmas quilt. Begun in seasonal fabrics and patterns, the quilt remains unfinished.

Sylvia reveals that the handiwork spans several generations and a quartet of Bergstrom quilters -- her great aunt, her mother, her sister, and herself. As she examines the array of quilt blocks each family member contributed but never completed, memories of Christmases past emerge.

At Elm Creek Manor, Christmas began as a celebration of simple virtues -- joy and hope buoyed by the spirit of giving. As each successive generation of Bergstroms lived through its unique trials -- the antebellum era, the Great Depression, World War II -- tradition offered sustenance even during the most difficult times. For Sylvia, who is coping with the modern problem of family dispersed, estranged, or even forgotten, reconciliation with her personal history may prove as elusive as piecing the Christmas Quilt.

Elm Creek Manor is full of secrets, from a Christmas tree with unusual properties to the sublime Bergstrom strudel recipe. Sylvia's tales at first seem to inform her family legacy but ultimately illuminate far more, from the importance of women's art to its place in commemorating our shared experience, at Christmastime and in every season.

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In this Christmas-themed installment of the Elm Creek Quilts novels, the trappings of the holiday force elderly Sylvia Bergstrom Compson into coming to terms with her past. Sylvia would prefer to have a quiet, solitary Christmas at Elm Creek Manor, the ancestral home that she and her young partner, Sarah McClure, have transformed into a quilting camp. But Sarah, who stubbornly persists on spending Christmas with Sylvia instead of with her mother, wants an Elm Creek Christmas with all the trimmings. Sarah's efforts unearth the Bergstrom family ornaments, a partially completed quilt, and a flood of Sylvia's powerful, poignant Christmas memories.

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Publishers Weekly
"[A] rich holiday tale....[T]here's not saccharine in this sweet story." 08/29/2005
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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0225
Product attributePublisher:   Simon & Schuster
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