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The Knitting Circle: A Novel Paperback – January 17, 2008
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At first the book grabbed my attention because I love to knit, but when I read the dust jacket I knew this book could appeal to pretty much anyone who loves to read. The Knitting Circle followed the life of Mary Baxter, a Rhode Island resident who lived a pleasant life with her husband Dylan and five year old daughter Stella. She wrote reviews for the local alternative newspaper, following her own schedule, living to her own beat immersed in the world of books and restaurants, pink tutus and happy family days spend grilling outdoors and making fresh lemonade. Her life was so good she would often stop everything and cry from sheer joy until one day those tears turned dark and swallowed up her whole world, the day her beloved little girl died.
Unable to go on after her loss, Mary was urged by her mother to join a knitting circle in Providence. The idea seemed absurd to her since she didn't even know how to knit, but she decided to go, unsure of what to do next once she was there. Welcomed by Alice, Harriet, Scarlett, Lulu, Beth and Ellen, she quickly found a spot for herself trying to live her day one moment and one knot at a time. The therapeutic qualities of focusing on knitting those tiny little knots relived her mind and heard for her devastating loss. Instead of slowly losing herself in the inky depths of the black hole her heart felt she found purpose in knitting and talking to the women.Read more ›
Mary has lost her five year old daughter and her attempts to get back into her routines of life are just not happening. Her mother encourages her to join a knitting circle and so she eventually does, meeting a group of women with stories of their own. One by one, you learn of the sadness and the success of the others in the group and watch as Mary grows stronger.
By the way I must admit, reading this made me want to go learn how to knit! :o)
I understand that author Ann Hood has actually lost her young daughter and that this book is a reflection of what she went through and has continued to experience since that event occured. I admire her more than I can ever say. I admire her courage in writing about her loss as well as writing about tragedies in the lives of others in this fictional setting.
I'm glad to see Ann Hood back again!
The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood is a self written autobiographical novel about a young couple, more so the mother, coping with the loss of their only child, their daughter, after a quick battle with Meningitis.
This book was penned by Ann Hood after the loss of her own child after dealing with viral strep.
The story in The Knitting Circle is painful and yet full of slow healing. Mary, the mother spends her days in a complete fog, unable to grip the change that has come into her life so suddenly. Mary used to be a reviewer for books, restaurants and movies, but now spends her days in baggy overalls watching TV and crying or sleeping. Mary has a non-existent relationship with her mother; former alcoholic. But her mother, calls, persists and irritates Mary to the point that she finally shows up at a knitting studio an hour from her house.
Mary struggles to fit in with the circle, complaining about the littlest knitting task. She looks around the room to each Wednesday night slowly learning about the people in this group. This group is not ordinary, for each member has a horrid story of pain, loss and suffering... but the truth is where they are now. Because of Alice, the store owner.
Mary finally starts to open up to her grief, finds time to learn about each other with her mother and finds life again...
In my humble opinion, I know this book could be better based upon reading about the author. However, the basis behind this book.... the quality of writing through a desperate, heartfelt struggle is amazing. This book is such a lesson in learning just how to live and breath; one step at a time... (in the words of knitting... one stitch at a time...) So, based on all of the above, this book should be picked up and enjoyed in both tears and laughter!
As Mary slowly navigates the dark waters of her grief, she finds an island of safety with these strangers, each quietly working on a project. In time, each woman will contact Mary on a more personal level, sharing her own story, her own sorrow: Scarlet, a lovely redhead who owns a bakery discloses a secret past in which her negligence led to the death of a child; the edgy Lulu enjoys a happy marriage, ready to consider motherhood when she is attacked, her world irrevocably altered by random violence; Ellen's daughter is dying by degrees while awaiting a heart transplant; and Harriet copes as best she can with the loss of her son and daughter-in-law on 9/11.Read more ›
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I loved this book. I think the author was remarkable in conveying the emotions of a mother who has lost a child. She also gave hope that happiness was still possible.Published 10 days ago by Kathleen Canfield
Probably one of the best books I have read in awhile. The characters each had a different story and it was so well written. You wanted to cry at times, laugh abd just enjoy. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Diane Angela Kennedy
From the very first page I was hooked. this book takes you through a range of emotions and teaches you the healing power of friends and family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by aalthoff14
Yes, this one made me tear up more than once but also smile as I gradually learned the well-told stories of the knitting circle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindler
This book is a MUST read. It was a page turner for me and I couldn't put it down. Because of the author's loss of her own child I found this book to be SO realistic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lorraine
A very meaningful book--and I was not mourning when I read it but felt it would be perfect for such a time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elizabeth Howe
I love books written with a knitting or crochet theme along with character development in series.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer