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Short Story Collection Review    

 

Quilt Stories: A Collection of Short Stories, Poems and Plays
Edited by Cecilia Macheski
University of Kentucky Press, 2001
ISBN: 0-8131-0821-7

 

 
 

Cecilia Marcheski's Quilt Stories "emerged, in part," from her research for a forthcoming book, Penelope’s Daughters: Needlework and Women’s Writing.

In determining the stories, poems, and plays, included in the anthology, the editor writes, "Each writer uses quilting -- the making of quilts, the women's communities that entails, the importance of design and beauty to women, the metaphor of piecing and creating patterns -- both in her own ways and ... in reference to the work of other women to explore how women see women, how quilting teaches us about women's ways of seeing, remembering, knowing, learning, and expressing."

The list of contributors is impressive: Adrienne Rich, Robin Morgan, Marge Piercy, Joyce Carol Oates, Paulette Giles, T.S. Arthur, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Marietta Holley, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freemon, Jane Wilson Joyce, Patricia Wendorf, Rebecca Cox Jackson, Alice MacGowan, Julia Peterkin, Alice Walker, Whitney Otto, Susan Glaspell, Sharyn McCrumb, Katherine Hall Page, Eliza Calvert Hall, Dorothy Canfield, and Bobbie Ann Mason.

Marcheski has cleverly arranged the works thematically linking them with popular quilting patterns -- Memory Blocks: Stories of Remembrance and Meaning, Double Wedding Ring, Stories of Community and Courtship, Radical Rose, Stories of Struggle and Change, Wheel of Mystery, Stories of Murder and Mystery, and Old Maid's Ramble, Stories of Age and Wisdom.

Brief biographies as well as a suggested reading list are included. Quilt Stories represents over 150 years of American Women's Literature.

Cecila Macheski has been the recipient of two Fulbright grants and is a professor of English at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York.

 

Pam Kingsbury
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