Like most people in small towns, my daily life is woven between generations.
never remember a time when I said, "I'm not sure what to do or which way to
turn." I've always had relatives around, not only giving me advice, but
me in what they think is the right direction.
So when I began MORNINGS
MAIN I knew I wanted to show those threads. My main character, Jillian,
steps into a town and a world foreign to her. She's a drifter who doesn't
her even memories as she moved from place to place.
When Jillian takes a job in Laurel Springs, she finds far more than what she
planned. Eugenia Larady, Gram to her family, has owned a quilt shop for
years. The quilts lining her walls hold the history of the town and its
As Gram's mind slips, Jillian rushes to log all the stories and quilts with
help of Eugenia's great-granddaughter, Sunny, who is hell bent to make her
wild memories as fast as possible. As the stories of lives in the town come
light, so do secrets and loves that have lasted a lifetime. Jillian is drawn
and forced to question her lifestyle.
When I began to write of the relationships, the love and the sacrifices of
people in Laurel Springs, I asked my friends, "How do you store your
Do you save each one in pictures or letters? Do you bury all the bad
Do you make up parts the way you wish they would have happened?
In my book, MORNINGS ON
MAIN, Gram asks Sunny, "Will this boy you're stepping out with be worth
square if you make a quilt of your life."
I have a room in my house we call the quilt room. The walls are lined with
quilts made by my mother, my grandmother and my great-grandmother. I even
one made by my crazy Great Aunt Sally. The room always seems to welcome me
I step in. I think about their lives, the peaks and the valleys. In an odd
they're still with me in the colorful quilts.
I'm the only one of my mother's daughters who did not learn to quilt. My
only read my first book, but she loved it and said, "Jodi, you quilt with
New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas makes her original
trade paperback debut with this heartfelt piece of commercial women's
perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber and Barbara Delinsky.
has always been a nomad; she's never had a place she could call home. So
she lands in Lauralee, Texas—broke, friendless, alone—she's definitely not
expecting to stay. Desperate to make some quick cash before she moves on
she uses her last dollar to place a notice in the local paper, advertising
herself as a literal "Jill of All Trades".
Michael Larady's elderly
mother has owned a quilting shop all her life, but lately she has struggled
increasingly with Alzheimer's. He faces the overwhelming task of closing her
shop and cataloguing her inventory, which ultimately represents her life's
When he sees Jillian's ad, he seizes the opportunity for some help. As
learns more about the stories behind each quilt, she grows close to
mother, and a tender friendship between Jillian and Michael begins to
into something deeper.
Michael's seventeen-year-old daughter has
her whole life in Lauralee, Texas, and she feels restless. When Jillian
town and begins helping to close the quilting shop, she represents travel,
adventure, excitement--a fascinating alternative to life in Lauralee.
daughter has to ask herself: Is it possible to build a meaningful life in
hometown, or do you need to go farther afield to find yourself?
together the powerful story of three generations of women looking for a
belong, Mornings on Main asks us to consider how we make our
memories—what we remember, what we forget, what becomes part of our story—
reminds us that it's not where we live, it's how we live that counts.
[HQN, On Sale: April 10, 2018, Trade Size / e-Book,
ISBN: 9781335062956 / eISBN: 9781488029516]
Beautiful story about finding a life.
Jodi takes you to the Heart of Texas
Join me for
afternoon tea at BOAS & TIARAS on Saturday, June 9 in Allen, TX. Tickets now
A fifth-generation Texan, New York Times
USA Today bestselling author Jodi Thomas chooses to set the
her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered
A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to
days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable.
family studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a
background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002
Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys
interacting with students on the West Texas A&M University campus, where
currently serves as Writer in Residence.
Commenting on her
the arts, Thomas said, “When I was teaching classes full-time, I thought I
making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher or nurse or mother
settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on
adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I’m still making
world a better place.”
When not working on a novel or inspiring
to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband,
a historic home they bought in Amarillo and “checking up” on their two
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