The Knitting Circle: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 17, 2008 - Fiction - 352 pages
4 Reviews

“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.
 

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knitting friendships together

User Review  - curelise - Borders

This is an amazing story of healing on many levels, from the loss of a child to mending broken relationships, all through the gentle art of knitting. I would recommend this book to anyone, knitter or not, looking for a touching story. Read full review

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Following her first story collection,An Ornithologist's Guide to Life , Hood's latest novel is definitely gloomy, but the beautiful language and convincing characters make it a worthwhile read. After ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
9
Section 3
11
Section 4
16
Section 5
37
Section 6
39
Section 7
67
Section 8
75
Section 16
175
Section 17
177
Section 18
200
Section 19
213
Section 20
215
Section 21
243
Section 22
253
Section 23
255

Section 9
77
Section 10
98
Section 11
109
Section 12
140
Section 13
151
Section 14
153
Section 15
169
Section 24
271
Section 25
283
Section 26
303
Section 27
313
Section 28
338
Section 29
345
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About the author (2008)

Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the best-selling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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