Harper Collins, Avon
This beautifully layered story is as finely crafted as the quilt on which the story is based. In the present day when Caroline Meadows discovers the forgotten quilt in the attic of her mother’s house, she is entranced by the craftsmanship, but it is the history of the quilt which gradually reveals a story of heart break and forgotten love.
Gradually, and as the history of the quilt is revealed, we are introduced to Maria Romano, a talented seamstress who, following an ill-fated love affair, has been incarcerated in a mental institution. Using a series of recorded interviews with Maria as an old woman, we are given a glimpse into a forgotten world and as Maria’s tragic story is exposed, Caroline begins to take stock of her own life.
Overall, this is a finely crafted story, with well rounded characters and a real sense of time and place. Both past and present fuse together in rich detail and the story really evokes a sense of memory and an awakening of possibilities.
Well worth reading.