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Round Robin by Jennifer Chiaverini (2009, Paperback)

Jennifer Chiaverini | ISBN-10: 1416593047 | ISBN-13: 9781416593041
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Synopsis
In the sequel to Chiaverini's acclaimed debut, the women of Elm Creek Manor stitch their lives together, piece by imperfect piece.

Jennifer Chiaverini,a former writing instructor at Pennsylvania State University, is working on her third novel. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

She chose green and blue for the colors of Elm Creek Manor. She chose blue for truth and green for new beginnings....She pieced a border of pinwheel blocks -- pinwheels for her windblown life, which with faith and perseverance she tried to stitch into order. The pattern was a four patch, a square divided into four smaller squares, which were in turn divided into two equal triangles, one light, one dark, like the darkness of the past...and the light hope of the future.InRound Robin,the much-anticipated follow-up toThe Quilter's Apprentice,Jennifer Chiaverini reunites us with the Elm Creek Quilters in a continuing tale of friendship and loyalty in which quilting is a bountiful metaphor for the way we stitch our lives together, piece by imperfect piece.A round robin quilt is created by sewing concentric patchwork or applique borders to a central block as it is passed around a circle of friends. We rejoin the Elm Creek Quilters as they embark on just such a project, intended as a gift to their beloved Sylvia. But for each member of the circle, the threads of happiness begin to unravel.As each woman adds a border to the central block, she contributes her story to the ongoing history of Elm Creek Manor. Resplendent in green, blue, and gold, the quilt serves as a symbol of the complex, lasting ties that unify mothers and daughters, sisters and friends. As they stitch together the sometimes harmonious, often discordant scraps of their crazy-quilt lives, the Elm Creek Quilters learn that friendship is a most precious gift, and that even in the darkest of times, love illuminates the way home.

The sequel to her acclaimed debut novel, Jennifer Chiaverini'sRound Robinis a poignant tale of friendship and loyalty.The Elm Creek Quilters have begun a Round Robin quilt, created by sewing concentric patchwork borders to a central block, as a gift for their beloved fellow quilter Sylvia Compson. But even as the quilt is passed from friend to friend, its eloquent beauty increasing with every stitch, the threads of their happiness begin to unravel. As each woman confronts a personal crisis, a painful truth, or a life-changing choice, the quilt serves as a symbol of the complex and enduring bonds between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends.


Product Identifiers
ISBN-101416593047
ISBN-139781416593041

Key Details
AuthorJennifer Chiaverini
Number Of Pages320 pages
FormatPaperback
Publication Date2009-10-06
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSimon & Schuster

Dimensions
Weight10.2 Oz
Height0.8 In.
Width5.5 In.
Length8.4 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

Classification Method
Dewey Decimal813/.54
Dewey Edition21

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"Heartwarming.... As women face tragedy, they often lean on friends. And asRound Robinreminds us, they also find great strength within themselves."-- The Dallas Morning News

Earlene Fowlerauthor ofMariner's CompassandSeven SistersRound Robinis an engaging novel full of homespun wisdom and the joys and sorrows shared by women everywhere. As the intricate additions to the Elm Creek Quilters' fictional quilt evolve, each character's story emerges to form a gratifying tale of family, friendship, and love.

Harriet Hargravequilter and authorAs I readRound Robin,I felt I was a member of the Elm Creek Quilters...and even shed a few tears. The situations the characters experience are right on the mark. What a delight to find a book so up-to-date with women's personal issues, and working through them in the security of close friendship.


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Created: 08/13/06

Book review: Round Robin by Chiaverini: Elm Creek Quilt

Round Robin Quilts, as referenced in the title, are quilts created by sewing concentric patchwork to a central block as it is passed around a circle of friends.

In this story, some of the Elm Creek quilters face and share a personal crisis, a painful truth or a life-changing choice as they work on their round robin quilt. "As each woman confronts a personal crisis, a painful truth, or a life-changing choice, the quilt serves as a symbol of the complex and enduring bonds between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends. In weaving together the harmonious, disparate pieces of their crazy-quilt lives, the Elm Creek Quilters come to realize that friendship is one of the most precious gifts we can give each other, and that love can strengthen understanding, lead to new beginnings, and illuminate our lives."

This book is a very quick, easy, light read. Those that love quilting or anyone that loves books with "relationships" intertwined into a soft story (no violence, lust, strong language) will certainly enjoy this book. Or any of Jennifer Chiaverini's books, for that matter. (If you've found this review helpful, please vote YES below. Enjoy! shepherd42)

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Created: 08/06/06

Round Robin

Round Robin is the second book in the series of fictional quilting books from Jennifer Chiaverini. Jennifer has a fascinating way of maintaining the reader's interest while weaving a story around quilts and the personal lives of the characters - both past and present. She is an amazing storyteller! A reader may think a fiction book about quilting would be pretty dry and/or boring, but not so! This book holds your attention and is incredibly difficult to put down. Jennifer is a quilter as well as a writer so she combined her interests and talents to produce this series. From the fiction series came 2 quilting books with all of the quilt patterns discussed in the series. That is a remarkable tie-in. I pursued and purchased the entire series, and am always eagerly awaiting the next installment.

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Created: 03/08/09

Round Robin by Jennifer Chiaverini

This is another great book by this author. She weaves together these women's lives and stories so beautifully, you cant help but be drawn into this world. In this book the women of Elm Creek Quilts decide to do a Round Robin quilt for Sylvia, the owner of the house, and the founder of the quilt retreat. While each woman works on their part, they are forced to examine closely their own lives and foibles.

This book is a great read, and one of many by this author that are worth the time and money.

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Created: 08/12/06

Round Robin by Jennifer Chiaverini

The 2nd in the Elm Creek Quilt series, Round Robin tells how rthe women deal with their everyday and difficult problems. Each row or block is done only AFTER solving the most difficult of problems, showing how the problem was solved.

Jennifer Chiaverinini writes many story lines, intertwined, delightful way to learn about each character, and to want to be a part of the Elm Creek Manor Quilt Camp.

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Created: 04/20/09

Round Robin

I recently joined a book club through a quilting store in a small local city. We are reading the Jennifer Chiaverini books in order and this is #2 in the series. What a book!! Reading the first one introduces you to the characters and makes understanding easier as to where they are coming from. I loved the friendship of the women involved and the depths to which it goes. It is a wonderful story of the growth of a young woman and the friends who helped her achieve it. Well worth the money to buy and the time it took to read it.

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