The Runaway Quilt

The Runaway Quilt

An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

Book - 2003
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Alerted to the possibility that her family had ties to the slaveholding South, Sylvia searches her attic for her great-grandmother's quilt, a log cabin with black central squares that, according to legend, was a sign of sanctuary to slaves escaping north along the Underground Railroad. In the attic, she also discovers the memoir of her great-grandfather's spinster sister, Gerda Bergstrom, which becomes the catalyst for a journey back through time and memory. Gerda's record of the tumultuous years between 1853 and 1859 reveals not only the founding of Elm Creek Manor, but also a Pennsylvania farming community divided by the issue of slavery. Sylvia learns that her ancestors did indeed become stationmasters on the Underground Railroad, but in a far different manner than told in the idealized tales handed down through the generations. Through Gerda's memoir, Sylvia stitches together the disparate pieces of her past only to discover family discord, betrayal, and a long-held secret. With the help of the Elm Creek Quilters and the clues in her ancestors' quilts, Sylvia grapples with hard truths as she comes to terms with her family's past.
Publisher: New York : Plume, c2003.
ISBN: 9780452283985
Branch Call Number: Fic Chi
PS3553.H473 R86 2003
Characteristics: 329 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jun 02, 2011

I've been reading this series for several months now and really enjoyed this book. It held together quite well, with flashbacks to the late 1850s when the family was involved in the Underground Railroad and to the "present" time. The family's retelling of what had happened had embellished the tale a bit, but Sylvia's ancestor's journal clearly explained what had happened. The author did a great job of weaving history into the family tale.


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