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The Lost Quilter: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel | [Jennifer Chiaverini]

The Lost Quilter: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson treasures an antique quilt called by three names: Birds in the Air, after its pattern; the Runaway Quilt, after the woman who sewed it; and the Elm Creek Quilt, after the place to which its maker longed to return. That quilter was Joanna, a fugitive slave who traveled by the Underground Railroad to reach safe haven in 1859 at Elm Creek Farm.
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Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson treasures an antique quilt called by three names: Birds in the Air, after its pattern; the Runaway Quilt, after the woman who sewed it; and the Elm Creek Quilt, after the place to which its maker longed to return. That quilter was Joanna, a fugitive slave who traveled by the Underground Railroad to reach safe haven in 1859 at Elm Creek Farm.

Best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini, herself an accomplished quilter, has won a devoted fan following with her heartwarming Elm Creek Quilts novels.With her deep understanding of intricate human relationships and her trademark depth of characterization, she once again stitches together a winning tale for this 14th entry in the beloved series.

©2009 Jennifer Chiaverini; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Melody Redford, MI, United States 01-03-10
    Melody Redford, MI, United States 01-03-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Not What I Expected, Much Better"

    I was expecting a little light reading with this one but what I got was a book that challenged my notions of what slavery actually was. I didn't want to like this book, I wasn't sure how I felt about the story of an African American slave being told by a white woman. Kudos to Jennifer Chiaverini on this accomplishment. I think this book changes her status from genre fiction to literature. Of course, it isn't perfect, it can be a little flat in the modern sections but the story of Joanna is entralling and emotional and gritty. This book actually changed how I felt about my own slave ancestors. I went from a place of shame to a place of extreme pride and love for a people who were tortured and suffered and yet still managed to survive and maintain their humanity. If you think "The Help" is good, you might want to give this book a try as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Matthews, NC, United States 02-19-10
    Wendy Matthews, NC, United States 02-19-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Love the historical Chiaverini stories too!"

    I live to sew and sew to live. I love being able to listen to these wonderful stories of women lives, friendships and challenges while I'm sewing. You really don't need to know how to sew or quilt to appreciate thesae stories. I have also listened while driving and not wanted to get out of the car after an entire day of driving.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Ballwin, MO, United States 02-03-10
    Anne Ballwin, MO, United States 02-03-10 Member Since 2009
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    "What a Wonderful Storyteller is Chiaverini!"

    This is my second Elm Creek Quilters novel and I am delighted to have found this wonderful storyteller. The Lost Quilter is a story from era of slavery in America that is interesting, entertaining, enlightening, educational and - most of all - absolutely riveting.

    I found myself driving to and from work and doing other mundane tasks and then stopping...holding my breath! What will happen next?!?

    I cared about the characters.... heck, I even cared about the characters who were horrible! I wanted to know what happened to them. I wanted to hope that Joanna and Titus would succeed in their quest to be free.

    The art of quilting is a unifying theme in these books. But the characters and the author's ability to make them come to life is what will bring you back to Elm Creek and the quilters there. (And I don't even quilt!)

    I am going to find more of Chiaverini's books to either read or listen to. The narrator did a truly excellent job. I recommend this book most highly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Spring Branch, TX, United States 06-11-13
    Debbie Spring Branch, TX, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "So depressing"
    What disappointed you about The Lost Quilter?

    I loved the other books but this is so sad I want to slit my wrists listening to the story. Just a warning to the weary listening unless you have a prescription for anti-depressants you may want to skip this book in the series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helen United States 08-27-12
    Helen United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another stellar novel by Jennifer Chiaverini"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book continues the history of the Elm Creek Quilters back to the earliest days. It covers the Civil War experiences of Joanna, the runnaway slave who stayed with the Pennsylvania quilters. The research about the Civil War and the black experience is phenominal. It adds a lot to the interest in the Elm Creek Quilters and to the life experiences of the Civil War Era. The inginuity, persistence and perseverence of the women is remarkable.


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    Kayrl South Mills, NC, United States 05-21-12
    Kayrl South Mills, NC, United States 05-21-12
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    "Jennifer Chiaverini does it again!!!!!"
    Would you listen to The Lost Quilter again? Why?

    Yes I would, over and over


    What other book might you compare The Lost Quilter to and why?

    there is no comparison.


    What does Christina Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voices of the characters is just right.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A must see for all Jennifer Chiaverini fans!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I am totally addicted to the Elm Creek Quilters....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rivkah Kay Macclenny, FL United States 02-08-10
    Rivkah Kay Macclenny, FL United States 02-08-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Fantastic Book!"

    "The Lost Quilter", one of the Elm Creek series, was riveting. I just wish the author had not stopped at Joanna's freedom. I credit the narrator with part of the kudos I give this book because of her ability to change her voice and make the characters come to life. Not only is Chiaverini a great storyteller, but her knowledge of quilting history has provided quite an education for me.

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