In Harveyville, Kansas, crops are burning up in a searing drought during the Great Depression. The Persian Pickle Club, a quilting group of local ladies, derives its name from a common bolt of Persian Pickle fabric, an old time term for today's paisley. The fabric is pieced into each member's quilts, representing their closeness and unity.
Rita Ritter, the newest member, has ambition beyond small town life. She embarks on a dangerous journey to find a murderer and uncovers a harrowing secret the quilters have been guarding. Along the way, Rita learns profound truths about the women and her own capacity for friendship.
Several years ago my mother, an avid quilter and reader, gave me a book called The Persian Pickle Club, written by New York Times best-selling author, Sandra Dallas. So moved by the book, I said to my husband, "Someone should make this into a movie!" His response was, "Why don't you?" With that friendly challenge, I partnered with a brilliant screenwriter, Jen Andres, to adapt a wonderful script with Sandra's approval.
Like Rita Ritter, the film's protagonist, I'm on a journey, a journey to bring The Persian Pickle Club and its colorful characters to life. Along the way I've connected with a myriad of inspiring, creative people, deepened old friendships and discovered burgeoning partnerships. The learning curve has been tremendous and very, very, exciting.
This film's powerful message resonates well beyond the script pages. Its universal message of struggle, survival, and strength will touch a broad audience.
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