The Persian Pickle Club

The Persian Pickle Club

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
In 1930s Harveyvile, Kansas, Rita Ritter, a recent arrival, is invited to join the Persian Pickle Club, but her interest in journalism brings her dangerously close to a secret the club has sworn to keep

Blackwell North Amer
The author of the highly praised Buster Midnight's Cafe returns with a magical new novel about the ties that bind women together through good and bad.
It is the 1930s, and hard times have hit Harveyville, Kansas, where the crops are burning up and there's not a job to be found. For Queenie Bean, a young farmwife, the highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Club (named after a favorite cloth pattern), a group of local ladies dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their well-honed quilting skills to good use. As Queenie says, "It's funny how quilting draws women together like nothing else."
Women her own age are few in Harveyville, so when just-married Rita Ritter arrives in town, Queenie eagerly welcomes her new friend into the club. But Rita, who hails from Denver, is anything but a country girl. With a hankering for a newspaper career, she's far more interested in investigative journalism than she is in sewing, and before long her prying brings her dangerously close to a secret the Pickles have sworn to keep.

& Taylor

The author of the warmly received Buster Midnight's Cafe traces the lives of a group of women in a rural, Depression-era Kansas town, who meet to share gossip and their talent for quilting. National ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312135867
Branch Call Number: FIC Dallas, S 1995
Characteristics: 196 pages ; 22 cm


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coroboreefarm Jan 25, 2018

An unlikely title, The Persian Pickle Club, is a reference to a particular kind of quilting fabric used by quilters in the Depression Era, and also to a quilting club comprised of a group of friends in Kansas. The women, tied together by shared interests in quilting, conversation and good food, are also very adept at keeping some very dark secrets. As the narrative of this story unfolds, it explores themes relating to the dangers, rewards, and necessities for keeping such secrets, and addresses issues related to complex, ambigous morality, and to the intergenerational effects created by the of passing on both truths and secrets.
Narrated by Queenie who is the novel's central character, the book reveals how the bonds of friendship between the members of the club provide strength and support during times of some very intense troubles.
This is a good read for those fans of domestic fiction set historically in rural American towns. If you like Fannie Flagg, then try The Persian Pickle Club.

prkmbc Sep 10, 2011

April 2006

Aug 05, 2011

An excellent evocation of rural life during the Great Depression. The reader gets a real "feel" for the time: you can almost taste the dry dust that infiltrated everything from clothes to food and experience the tough optimism of those who lived through that time. The book certainly echoes stories my mother told of growing up near Edmonton through the "Dirty Thirties". The book also celebrates camaraderie and support among a group of women and throws in a surprising twist. A terrific read.

renabackstrom Dec 03, 2010

I loved this story of female friendship and solidarity.


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