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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. (Jan.)
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Ann Hood lost her own young daughter to a rare form of strep, and in this semiautobiographical novel, she reveals the searing pain, the upheaval, and the loss of self that accompany such a heartbreaking event. Critics applauded Hood's intense, unbearably sincere portrayal of grief. However, some felt that the cast of characters was so large and unwieldy that many were caricatures serving merely as vehicles for different steps in the healing process. Those who appreciate the comforting click of knitting needles will find kindred spirits in The Knitting Circle, but it's not necessary to know the difference between casting on and casting off to enjoy this poignant novel.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Love the book, story and characters. I belong to a Knitting Circle and it is quite similar to the oe featureed in the book.Published 15 days ago by Pat Hough
A beautiful and heart-rendering book that truly touches the heart.Published 2 months ago by Caryn Brits
I loved this book so much that I bought more copies to send to friends. Great, quick read. The development of each of the characters was interesting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by LeeAnne Russell
Although this book dealt with loss and some very sad topics it also found solutions that were comforting compassionate and supportive. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love books about knitting. It was good, but not much dimension.Published 5 months ago by Audrey Mccormick
Great novel. You do not need to be a knitter to appreciate this book.Published 5 months ago by Anonymous