I found this fiction book, The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas at a garage sale for .50. I first picked it up simply because I found the name so odd, but when I read the back of the book telling me what it was about, I simply had to buy it.
This book is set in the Depression Era in the Dustbowl area of the United States and centers around a group of women who get together for weekly quilting meetings and friendship. The book shows different aspects of life during the Dustbowl from the more affluent to the transiant families who are forced to move around looking for work and food.
There are quite a few surprise twists and turns in this book which almost even has the makings of a murder mystery. You do find out how the quilting club got such a strange name as the Persian Pickle Club and you get to enjoy feeling engaged in the characters friendships with each other. The ending is surprising, well written and left me satisified. It was honestly one of the best fifty cents I have ever spent.