The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs
(Mira Books, 2011, 250 pages)
About the book:
Linda Davis’s local fabric shop is a place where women gather to share their creations: quilts commemorating important events in their lives. Wedding quilts, baby quilts, memorial quilts — each is bound tight with dreams, hopes, and yearnings.
Now, as her only child readies for college, Linda is torn between excitement for Molly and heartache for herself. Who will she be when she is no longer needed in her role as mom? What will become of her days? Of her marriage?
Mother and daughter decide to share one last adventure together — a cross-country road trip to move Molly into her dorm. As they wend their way through the heart of the country, Linda stitches together the scraps that make up Molly’s young life. And in the quilting of each bit of fabric — the hem of a christening gown, a snippet from a Halloween costume — Linda discovers that the memories of a shared journey can come together in a way that will keep them both warm in the years to come….
This is the first Susan Wiggs book I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. I picked it to read because I’m also sending my son off to college this fall and I wanted to see how this mom dealt with the leaving of her child and all the emotions that come with letting your child fly his/her wings on their own. Granted, my son will still be in state and not that far from me, but I will still miss him not being at home under my watchful eye and my heart has been full of emotions.
I found the characters to be well-written and easily relatable. On the whole, it is a quick and enjoyable read, and I believe those who appreciate introspective, emotional fiction will really love this book.
This book brings out that part of us “moms” that we all have to grapple with – our children leaving home for college and having to deal with that empty home. . . . Who are we now that it is 18 years later, many trials, drama, and episodes of life later- will we be happy with ourselves and who we have become? I know my son will be ok. And, I know I will be ok too. It’s a nice easy summer read.