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ISBN13: 9780393330441
ISBN10: 0393330443
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In the spirit of How to Make an American Quilt and The Joy Luck Club, a novel about friendship and redemption.

After the sudden loss of her only child, Stella, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island, as a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days, not knowing that it will change her life. Alice, Scarlet, Lulu, Beth, Harriet, and Ellen welcome Mary into their circle despite her reluctance to open her heart to them. Each woman teaches Mary a new knitting technique, and, as they do, they reveal to her their own personal stories of loss, love, and hope. Eventually, through the hours they spend knitting and talking together, Mary is finally able to tell her own story of grief, and in so doing reclaims her love for her husband, faces the hard truths about her relationship with her mother, and finds the spark of life again. By an "engrossing storyteller," this new novel once again "works its magic" (Sue Monk Kidd).

Review:

"While mourning the death of her daughter, Hood (An Ornithologist's Guide to Life) learned to knit. In her comeback novel, Mary Baxter, living in Hood's own Providence, R.I., loses her five-year-old daughter to meningitis. Mary and her husband, Dylan, struggle to preserve their marriage, but the memories are too painful, and the healing too difficult. Mary can't focus on her job as a writer for a local newspaper, and she bitterly resents her emotionally and geographically distant mother, who relocated to Mexico years earlier. Still, it's at her mother's urging that Mary joins a knitting circle and discovers that knitting soothes without distracting. The structure of the story quickly becomes obvious: each knitter has a tragedy that she'll reveal to Mary, and if there's pleasure to be had in reading a novel about grief, it's in guessing what each woman's misfortune is and in what order it will be exposed. The strength of the writing is in the painfully realistic portrayal of the stages of mourning, and though there's a lot of knitting, both actual and metaphorical, the terminology's simple enough for nonknitters to follow and doesn't distract from the quick pace of the narrative." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"'Mary showed up empty-handed,' begins Ann Hood's sad and intimate new novel, 'The Knitting Circle.' Mary has lost her only child, 5-year-old Stella, and when Hood says Mary is empty-handed, she means it not only literally but metaphorically, too, of course. Here is a woman who believes she has lost everything. Mary 'opened her arms to indicate their emptiness,' Hood writes, and seeing that invisible... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Hood's latest novel is definitely gloomy, but the beautiful language and convincing characters make it a worthwhile read." Library Journal

Synopsis:

"An intelligent, moving read" () and "a testament to women's friendship and to Ann Hood's talent" (Hilma Wolitzer).

Synopsis:

"An intelligent, moving read" (Pages) and "a testament to women's friendship and to Ann Hood's talent" (Hilma Wolitzer).

After the sudden loss of her only child, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island, as a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days. The women welcome her, each teaching Mary a new knitting technique and, as they do, revealing their own personal stories of loss, love, and hope. Eventually Mary is able to tell her own story of grief and in so doing reclaims her love for her husband, faces the hard truths about her relationship with her mother, and finds the spark of life again. Reading group guide included.

Synopsis:

After the sudden loss of her only child, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island, as a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days. The women welcome her, each teaching Mary a new knitting technique and, as they do, revealing their own personal stories of loss, love, and hope. Eventually Mary is able to tell her own story of grief and in so doing reclaims her love for her husband, faces the hard truths about her relationship with her mother, and finds the spark of life again.

About the Author

Ann Hood is the author of seven novels and a short-story collection, An Ornithologist's Guide to Life. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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rcettina1, January 17, 2010 (view all comments by rcettina1)
the tragedies that life throws you and how a simple tool as knitting will keep you sane. This book show the lives of women who all have tragedies in there lives and have becomes bonded through there knitting circle.
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reaganjt, March 24, 2009 (view all comments by reaganjt)
Mary is lost. Her 5 year old daughter died, and since then Mary's life has begun to unravel... She ends up at a yarn shop, and finds comfort in knitting.... Her healing is slow, yet she finds ways to begin to help others, and that helps her begin to weave her life back together.

Realistic grief is etched in the text which only an author who has herself lost a child can understand and adequately put into words. The healing of the repetition of knitting, and the comfort of knitting friends with their own griefs make you want to pick up a set of knitting needles and create your own masterpiece in yarn.
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LauraAdams, September 11, 2008 (view all comments by LauraAdams)
We read this book for our book club and everyone enjoyed it. It deals with a mother and father that lose their 5 year old daughter to meningitis and how they try to piece their lives back together afterwards. Although it was fiction, the author has lost a young daughter so the grieving process was written about with much knowledge. After reading the book several in our book club have started trying to knit also.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393330441
Author:
Hood, Ann
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
Knitting - Therapeutic use
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393330441 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "While mourning the death of her daughter, Hood (An Ornithologist's Guide to Life) learned to knit. In her comeback novel, Mary Baxter, living in Hood's own Providence, R.I., loses her five-year-old daughter to meningitis. Mary and her husband, Dylan, struggle to preserve their marriage, but the memories are too painful, and the healing too difficult. Mary can't focus on her job as a writer for a local newspaper, and she bitterly resents her emotionally and geographically distant mother, who relocated to Mexico years earlier. Still, it's at her mother's urging that Mary joins a knitting circle and discovers that knitting soothes without distracting. The structure of the story quickly becomes obvious: each knitter has a tragedy that she'll reveal to Mary, and if there's pleasure to be had in reading a novel about grief, it's in guessing what each woman's misfortune is and in what order it will be exposed. The strength of the writing is in the painfully realistic portrayal of the stages of mourning, and though there's a lot of knitting, both actual and metaphorical, the terminology's simple enough for nonknitters to follow and doesn't distract from the quick pace of the narrative." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Hood's latest novel is definitely gloomy, but the beautiful language and convincing characters make it a worthwhile read."
"Synopsis" by , "An intelligent, moving read" () and "a testament to women's friendship and to Ann Hood's talent" (Hilma Wolitzer).
"Synopsis" by , "An intelligent, moving read" (Pages) and "a testament to women's friendship and to Ann Hood's talent" (Hilma Wolitzer).

After the sudden loss of her only child, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island, as a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days. The women welcome her, each teaching Mary a new knitting technique and, as they do, revealing their own personal stories of loss, love, and hope. Eventually Mary is able to tell her own story of grief and in so doing reclaims her love for her husband, faces the hard truths about her relationship with her mother, and finds the spark of life again. Reading group guide included.

"Synopsis" by , After the sudden loss of her only child, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island, as a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days. The women welcome her, each teaching Mary a new knitting technique and, as they do, revealing their own personal stories of loss, love, and hope. Eventually Mary is able to tell her own story of grief and in so doing reclaims her love for her husband, faces the hard truths about her relationship with her mother, and finds the spark of life again.
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