The Persian Pickle Club

The Persian Pickle Club

Book - 1995
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A ladies' quilting club in Kansas is invaded by a new member with ambitions. She is Rita, a big city girl who wants to be a journalist. When a member's husband is murdered and Rita begins probing, the group must band to keep safe the club's secrets.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312135867
Characteristics: 196 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 12, 2019

Based on the depression and some good views of life then. Reminds us that we can have hard times but we still make it. Loved reading of quilts, buttermilk, helping and laughing at the end;-)

Nov 06, 2018

5.0 out of 5 stars “What's in a name?"
"Persian Pickle" is Kansas jargon for the paisley pattern; cherished there by group of women who regularly get together to make quilts. This short book dense with emotion and import. Characterizations are excellent and writing lyrical. The Pickle ladies quilt, but also comfort and support one another through all of life's vagaries.
Set in the Depression, there’re plenty of tough times for them to rise above, in fact, they accept those hardships with grace.
5.0 out of 5 stars “Wonderful story that you cannot put down."
Great historical fiction. Has a little mystery. Very authentic to the time with lovable characters. Wonderful story about rural area right after prohibition. Queenie, little irritated with her husband when he wants her to allow drifters to stay on their land,meets them and she changes her mind. More drama soon. A murder uncovered. Newest member of club will not rest until she finds the answer.
5.0 out of 5 stars “He comes home to work on the family farm and brings his beautiful city-girl wife."
Set in Dust Bowl era, a group of small town Kansas women meet weekly as the Persian Pickle Club to quilt and gossip .
They know everything about each other and support each other through joys and sorrows.
Queenie Bean the youngest member and tells the story.
Clever plotline and memorable characters make this novel a winner. A little segment of life in the Dust Bowl in rural America planted in our hearts. These women and their friendships reflect powerful relationships formed in small towns and small groups.
4.5 out of 5 stars “Interesting to the end."
Thought provoking. It makes you want to have friends who lift you up and friendships so strong that you never question they will be there for you as you would be for them. Simple but good story. Would recommend...definitely.
4.5 out of 5 stars “Small Town Personalities."
Character development was well done. Unexpected turns in story keeps reader intrigued. What starts out as a simple straight forward story takes a turn and becomes a mystery to be solved. Surprises all around.
4.0 out of 5 stars “Worth the read."
The book is a heartfelt tale of the friendship between women in small town Kansas in the 1930's. There is something special and different between the bonds of women than men and this novel beautifully illustrates it.
The tone is right. The individual personalities of the women distinct. The way they feel about each other, complicated. What they'll do to protect one of their own, priceless.
Be aware there are some raw themes in this book: barrenness, unwed mothers, attempted rape, and murder, to name a few. But they aren't graphic and are brought in as plot points of interest to move the story along.

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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