The Healing Quilt Paperback – Jul 16 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Quilting has been a template for more than one novel, and Snelling uses this device fairly adeptly as she tells the story of women who fall into friendship while making a quilt to raise money for a new hospital mammogram machine. The quilt is set up at Kit Cooper's mostly empty house-her young daughter, Amber, has recently died of cancer, and Kit's husband, Mark, has been away on business for months, avoiding the pain of their loss. Kit now fears that her beloved Aunt Teza, another quilter and her confidant, will be the next cancer victim. As she stitches her fabric, Beth Donnelly shares with her friends that she desperately wants a baby after her miscarriage, but she also hangs on to a terrible secret. Rich, middle-aged Elaine Giovanni is used to taking charge in quilting and in life, but finds her litigation-happy neighbor is causing things to careen out of control. There are plenty of dogs, kids and marital troubles woven into the story to keep it realistic and grounded, and some lovely descriptive writing. However, while Snelling knows how to turn a good phrase, there are far too many of them-the novel is too long, and the second half lacks punch. Nevertheless, Snelling's treatment of loss mitigated with humor, wit and faith should help this novel have wide appeal in the CBA.
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From the Inside Flap
After her Aunt Teza's test results turn out to be inconclusive, Dot Cooper resolves to raise money for a new mammogram machine, through the creation and auction of a magnificent, king-sized quilt to be sewn by the women of Jefferson City.
Dot's efforts quickly draw the support of disparate members of the community, including newcomer Beth Donnelly, married to a local pastor, Elaine Giovanni, the stylish wife of a local surgeon; and an ailing Aunt Teza. But as the four different generations work the squares of the quilt, they are also confronted with ragged pieces of their own lives.
Though the women could not be more different on the surface, they hold in common quiet suffering triggered by painful circumstances: the death of children, the abandonment of husbands, the loneliness of depression. Yet their struggles will bring them closer together than they ever could have anticipated, and their lives will be dramatically changed, as together they experience the curative powers of "The Healing Quilt.
Top Customer Reviews
"The Healing Quilt" is absolutely disappointing. The plot is irritatingly contrived. The conflicts are miniscule. (Elaine "deals with unforgiveness". And all that's happening is a petty feud with her neighbour over nothing!) The resolutions (when they actually occur)are simple and unrealistic. After disappearing for more than 7 months, Mark slinks into Aunt Teza's hospital room and Kit flies into his arms "I love you, honey. It's all okay!" There is no communication or real substance in this relationship. The book as a whole has very little depth and the clichéd emotion is predictable. I found the characters extremely unsympathetic and stereotypical. The character of Garth particularly was infuriating with his judgemental and tyrannical "I am the husband" attitude. And it must be nice to live in a world where no one has to go to work at a real job and has copious amounts of time to grow roses and quilt and sew all the day long. There are so many useless characters and situations. By the end of the book, one is left with a fistful of threads that were never woven into the plot but were just left to dangle. Whatever happened with Ryan? With Elaine and George's son and his girlfriend? What in the world is Healing Touch? Thomas' sister and father? What about the mammogramy unit? The research to be done? The women's center? Everything is left hanging out there without any resolution - we must just be expected to assume that it all works out in the end.
In terms of the book's Christian emphasis, the spirituality is unnatural and manufactured. It seems more like an afterthought with no realness or relevancy.Read more ›
enjoyed each and every character. The Healing Quilt has real characters
with real problems. I've never lost a child, but I can only imagine how
difficult it must have been for Lauraine to write this book. While it
wasn't a biography, or even based on her own loss, each word she typed
must have brought back memories of her own daughter. Thank you, Lauraine
for writing what I know is a book destined to help many people.
I love how she included Aunt Teza's cancer journey along with Beth's
struggles in coming to terms with her abortion years before. These are
real-life issues and Lauraine dealt with them in a real way. Her
dialogue is fresh and the range of emotions the characters experience
This is a book I can't wait to share with friends who have or are
experiencing something similar, or even those who want to support
Lauraine is a wonderful writer and I look forward to reading many more
of her stories.
Most recent customer reviews
Ever since meeting Lauraine Snelling at a writers conference a few years ago, I look forward to an opportunity to read one of her books. I just finished The Healing Quilt. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2002 by Darlene Franklin
The Healing Quilt is an example of the healing power of forgiveness and how it can release bitterness, restore humility, renew one's joy. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2002 by Karen O'Connor
Snelling handles a difficult theme, losses of several types, with deftness, reality, and the tenderness of one who has been there. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2002 by Elsie
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