I recently reviewed A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas who is one of my favorite authors. The reason I mention that book in this review is that though A Quilt for Christmas was written later than The Persian Pickle Club, the characters are connected. Specifically, the members of the Persian Pickle Club that is the foundation of the book by the same name are the granddaughters of the characters in A Quilt for Christmas. Because I liked that book so much, I chose to reread The Persian Pickle Club since it had been years since I originally read it.
I am surely glad I did. I needed a pick-me-up, and The Persian Pickle Club was the answer.
Harveyville, Kansas, is facing the same hard times as the rest of the country during the Depression of the 1930s. Crops are drying up, people are losing their jobs, and money is short. But a group of women meets every week to work on a quilt and share stories. Queenie Bean is a lifelong resident of Harveyville, and she looks forward to this weekly gathering just as much as the rest of the women.
The addition of a new member stirs things up, and a series of events lead to the revelation of a secret that has been held in sacred trust for many years.
The characters are lovely and the story is unforgettable. Though times are tough, these Midwest farming women are tough too. But underneath the thick skins they must have to survive is a gentle nature and kind and loving ways. Queenie Bean, who narrates the book, has a sweet nature and a funny sense of humor, keeping the reader engaged.
I dare you to read this book and not be smiling at the end. And I mean down to the very last sentence.
It’s a wonderful book, as I think all of Sandra Dallas’ books are.