The Union Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini
An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

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The author brings us into the living rooms of the women left at home, a subject long ignored in Civil War literature. ..The Union Quilters is a worthwhile addition to any Civil War library.
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The New York Times bestselling author of the Elm Creek Quilts series joins the Dutton list with a Civil War-era tale of love and sacrifice behind Union lines.

With The Union Quilters, Chiaverini delivers a powerful story of a remarkable group of women coping with changing roles and the extraordinary experiences of the Civil War.

In 1862 Water's Ford, Pennsylvania, abolitionism is prevalent, even passionate, so the local men rally to answer Mr. Lincoln's call to arms. Thus the women of Elm Creek Valley's quilting bee are propelled into the unknown. Constance Wright, married to Abel, a skilled sharpshooter courageous enough to have ventured south to buy his wife's freedom from a Virginia plantation, knows well her husband's certainty that all people, enslaved and free, North and South, need colored men like him to fight for a greater purpose. Sisters-in-law Dorothea Nelson and Charlotte Granger wish safe passage for their learned husbands. Schoolmaster turned farmer Thomas carries Dorothea's Dove in the Window quilt with him. Charlotte's husband, Dr. Jonathan Granger, takes more than a doctor's bag to his post at a field hospital. Alongside the devotion of his wife, pregnant with their second child, Jonathan brings the promise he made to his unrequited love, Gerda Bergstrom: "My first letter will be to you."

Together with the other members of the circle, the women support one another through loneliness and fear, and devise an ingenious business plan to keep Water's Ford functioning. That plan may forever alter the patchwork of town life in ways that transcend even the ultimate sacrifices of war.
 

About Jennifer Chiaverini

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Jennifer Chiaverini lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to the six volumes in the Elm Creek Quilts series and two books of quilt patterns inspired by the novels, she designs the Elm Creek Quilts fabric line from Red Rooster Fabrics.
 
Published February 22, 2011 by Dutton. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, War. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

Above average
on Feb 22 2011

Moving back and forth between the women at home and the men on the battlefield, Ms. Chiaverini not only knows her characters well, but obviously likes them even more, investing care in the details that make up their lives.

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...this title is set during the Civil War, giving readers a look at the Union home front, with rallies, quilts for soldiers, fundraisers and the ladies who make up the Elm Creek Sewing and Quilting Circle.

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Reviewed by Michael J. Deeb on Jun 08 2011

The author brings us into the living rooms of the women left at home, a subject long ignored in Civil War literature. ..The Union Quilters is a worthwhile addition to any Civil War library.

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