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"Spinning, weaving, knitting, all part of the long tradition of womens work, skills that had survived even the efficiency of the industrial revolution. Why did people still do it?"

Its been ten months since Jack died. For his widow, Sandra, a tightly wound teacher who thinks long and hard about such questions, the months have tested her belief that she can continue her ordered life without Jack. She feels as though shes covered in ice-cold glass and will never be warm again. Knitting is the story of what happens when Sandra meets a woman who is her polar opposite on a sidewalk when they both stop to help a man in distress. While Sandras grief has constrained her spirit, Martha — who lost her husband years before — appears to wear her grief lightly. Sandras talent for the domestic arts lies in studying them; Martha is a brilliantly gifted knitter, a self-educated artist. When Sandra persuades Martha to help her mount an exhibition of retro and contemporary knitting, the two womens lives tangle, with astonishing ramifications. What begins as a professional collaboration becomes something transformative and deeply personal. Anne Bartlett weaves a story that is seamless in its exploration of healing, grace, and the search for meaning, both within oneself and in the larger community. Readers will find much to admire in Sandras struggle to break out of her shell and much to wonder at in Marthas visionary spirit. Knitting marks the debut of a writer whose work puts her in the company of writers such as Carol Shields, Barbara Kingsolver, and Louise Erdrich.

Synopsis:

In Anne Bartletts engaging novel, a chance meeting sparks a friendship between two very different women who share a fascination with knitting. Sandra, a rigid academic, struggles to navigate the world without her husband, whom she has recently lost to cancer. Martha—a self-taught textile artist with her own secret store of grief—spends her days knitting elaborate projects charged with personal meaning. As the two women collaborate on a new project, surprising events will help heal them both.

About the Author

Anne Bartlett spent her childhood in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. While raising her four children, now grown, she worked as an editor, a ghostwriter, and a feature writer as well as knitting original creations for clothing designers. She recently finished a Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Adelaide. She lives with her husband, who has been a pastor for more than twenty years (a background she has drawn on for this book), in South Australia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618499267
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Bartlett, Anne
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Knitting
Subject:
Loss (psychology)
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Widows
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
April 2005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7 x 5 x 0.63 in 0.5 lb

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Contemporary Women

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In Anne Bartletts engaging novel, a chance meeting sparks a friendship between two very different women who share a fascination with knitting. Sandra, a rigid academic, struggles to navigate the world without her husband, whom she has recently lost to cancer. Martha—a self-taught textile artist with her own secret store of grief—spends her days knitting elaborate projects charged with personal meaning. As the two women collaborate on a new project, surprising events will help heal them both.
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