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Jennifer Chiaverini is an American author that writes General Fiction and Historical Fiction. Born in 1961 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the bestseller attended the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago. She also spent some time at Edgewood College and Penn State, where she taught writing.
Order of Elm Creek Quilts Series
|1||The Quilter's Apprentice||1999||Description / Buy|
|2||Round Robin||2000||Description / Buy|
|3||The Cross-Country Quilters||2001||Description / Buy|
|4||The Runaway Quilt||2002||Description / Buy|
|5||The Quilter's Legacy||2003||Description / Buy|
|6||The Master Quilter||2004||Description / Buy|
|7||The Sugar Camp Quilt||2005||Description / Buy|
|8||The Christmas Quilt||2005||Description / Buy|
|9||Circle of Quilters||2006||Description / Buy|
|10||The Quilter's Homecoming||2007||Description / Buy|
|11||The New Year's Quilt||2007||Description / Buy|
|12||The Winding Ways Quilt||2008||Description / Buy|
|13||The Quilter's Kitchen||2008||Description / Buy|
|14||The Lost Quilter||2009||Description / Buy|
|15||A Quilter's Holiday||2009||Description / Buy|
|16||The Aloha Quilt||2010||Description / Buy|
|17||The Union Quilters||2011||Description / Buy|
|18||The Wedding Quilt||2011||Description / Buy|
|19||Sonoma Rose||2011||Description / Buy|
|20||The Giving Quilt||2012||Description / Buy|
|21||The Christmas Boutique||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of Elm Creek Quilts Short Stories/Novellas
|1||The Quilter's Ghost (Short Story)||2015||Description / Buy|
|2||The Fabric Diary and The Runner's Quilt (Short Story)||2016||Description / Buy|
Order of Jennifer Chiaverini Standalone Novels
|1||The Spymistress||2013||Description / Buy|
|2||Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker||2013||Description / Buy|
|3||Mrs. Lincoln's Rival||2014||Description / Buy|
|4||Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule||2015||Description / Buy|
|5||Christmas Bells||2015||Description / Buy|
|6||Fates and Traitors||2016||Description / Buy|
|7||Enchantress of Numbers||2017||Description / Buy|
|8||Resistance Women||2019||Description / Buy|
|9||Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters||2020||Description / Buy|
|10||The Women's March||2021||Description / Buy|
|11||Switchboard Soldiers||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Jennifer Chiaverini Non-Fiction Books
|1||ELM Creek Quilts (Short Story)||2002||Description / Buy|
|2||Return to Elm Creek (Short Story)||2004||Description / Buy|
|3||More Elm Creek Quilts (Short Story)||2008||Description / Buy|
|4||Traditions from Elm Creek Quilts (Short Story)||2011||Description / Buy|
|5||An Elm Creek Quilts Companion||2013||Description / Buy|
|6||Harriet's Journey from ELM Creek Quilts (Short Story)||2020||Description / Buy|
Chiaverini harbored a desire to write fiction for as long as she can remember. She hoped that a day would come when she would write stories for a living.
The author took the first step toward her publishing dreams in 1997 when she finished her manuscript. Two years later, the book was published. Chiaverini wants aspiring writers to follow in her footsteps.
The 21st Century has introduced technologies that have made writing, publishing, and marketing so much easier. Newcomers must summon the courage to use those tools to pursue their publishing goals the way she did in the 1990s.
Chiaverini writes historical fiction because the genre allows her to explore the lives of obscure individuals. Her objective is to shine a light on all the women and people of color that history either hid or eliminated from the narrative.
She does extensive research into the events and figures surrounding the historical eras that interest her. Sometimes, the research she does for one novel will inspire another.
For instance, the author was reading about Mary Todd Lincoln, a character in ‘Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker,’ when she took an interest in Julia Dent Grant. The detour gave birth to ‘Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule.’
Chiaverini’s stories adhere closely to the historical record. She doesn’t want to mislead her readers with erroneous information about significant historical events and characters.
However, she doesn’t apply that attitude to lesser-known individuals and events.
While she has written several standalone books, Chiaverini is known primarily for the Elm Creek Quilts series. She was a novice when she wrote ‘The Quilter’s Apprentice.’
Like most authors, she was encouraged to write what she knew. Because she had an in-depth understanding of quilting, she made the field the subject of her novel.
She wanted to honor the lives of quilters by exploring their highs and lows. She knew that her quilter friends would love the novels, especially when they realized that Chiaverini had gone to great lengths to destroy the stereotypes surrounding their kind.
But she also hoped to reach non-quilters, introducing them to quilting and providing some insight into the mindset that drives quilters. Her passion for quilting is evident in her books.
She loves the hobby because it is a creative outlet that brings people together, giving them the support they need to overcome incredible odds.
The author wrote several Elm Creek Quilts books before finally turning her attention to standalone historical novels.
Later on, she went back to the Elm Creek Quilts series when her fans started demanding stories featuring characters like Sylvia and Sarah, whom they had grown to love.
Best Jennifer Chiaverini Books
The author has been praised for writing authentic novels that provide grounded portrayals of historical figures. Chiaverini’s best books include:
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker: Initially, Elizabeth was just a slave. But then, she gained her freedom and garnered an impeccable reputation as a seamstress for the elite. When Mrs. Lincoln hired her, no one expected their relationship to last for so long.
She made the First Lady’s gowns. Along the way, she endeared herself to the Lincolns, standing with Mrs. Lincoln during her darkest days. Over the years, she saved the scraps from her work and used them to make the Mary Todd Lincoln Quilt.
But people remember her primarily for her book, a memoir about her life in the White House that ultimately destroyed her relationship with Mrs. Lincoln.
Resistance Women: Mildred Fish couldn’t wait to start a new life in Germany with Arvid Harnack. They moved to his homeland after their wedding, and Germany was everything Mildred wanted in a home, an intellectual hub that gave the woman good friends and a satisfying career.
Adolf Hitler changed everything. The Nazis rose to power and turned Mildred’s life upside down. But she had no intention of sitting back and watching as the Nazis unleashed hell on the world.
Mildred joined forces with her friends to resist the German war machine. She started gathering intelligence for the Americans, unaware of the consequences that would befall them all once their resistance cell was exposed.
When Does The Next Jennifer Chiaverini book come out?
Jennifer Chiaverini doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Switchboard Soldiers and was released on July, 19th 2022.