The Persian Pickle Club

The Persian Pickle Club

Book - 1996
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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 farm wife, a highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Club, a group of local ladies dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their quilting skills to good use. When a new member of the club stirs up a dark secret, the women must band together to support and protect one another. In her magical,memorable novel, Sandra Dallas explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Griffin, 1996.
Edition: St. Martin's griffin edition.
Copyright Date: ©1995
ISBN: 9780312147013
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 196 pages ; 21 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

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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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