I liked this book
setin the depression in Kansas, it follows the stories of a the women of the town. They gather regularly in a quilting club - the 'persian pickle' of the title and the quilting club name is the original name for the paisley pattern.
these women live in hard times; there is no money and no rain and they live in farmlands. Theyhave the usual mix of relationships with men; there is the devouted husband, the abusive one and the women who never has a chance at romantic happiness because she looks after her parents.
The book really is about how women band together and see each other through hard times. However, in a realistic way the competition between women is also included inthe form of two women who do not quite toe the line.
Add to this the discovery of a long buried body and a city girl desperate to escape smallville - and you actually have quite an engaging and easy to read lilting tale.
Yeah - I liked it