The Knitting Circle

The Knitting Circle

Book - 2007
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After the loss of her only child, Mary Baxter finds herself unable to read or write, the activities that used to be her primary source of comfort. She reluctantly joins a knitting circle as a way to fill her lonely days--not knowing it will change her life. As they teach Mary new knitting techniques, the women in the circle also reveal their own secrets of loss, love, and hope. With time, Mary is finally able to tell her own story of grief, and in so doing finds the spark of life again.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393330441
Call Number: HOOD
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Female friendship -- Fiction.
Knitting -- Therapeutic use -- Fiction.


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booklady413 Oct 15, 2014

I am not a knitter, but after reading Ann Hood's An Italian Wife, I wanted to keep reading her books. The knitting Circle encompasses the hurts and the joys of life and how we are all tied together in this journey -a remarkable book.

Aug 28, 2014

I am a knitter. The camaraderie of a knitting circle is indeed very comforting, reflective and meditative. Many things can be solved while you knit. This book and its characters are no exception. I loved this story and felt a part of the knitting circle listening in as life happens.

Jun 12, 2012

After Mary Baxter loses her five-year-old daughter and only child to meningitis, she is barely able to do more than exist. At her mother's urging, Mary joins a knitting circle as a way to work through her loss. As the other women in the circle begin to enfold her in acceptance, expecting nothing in return, Mary hears their own stories of loss. Their acceptance and their stories eventually lead Mary to a place of being able to hope in life again.

I loved this book. Mary's journey rings true. She suffers and grieves in ways and for a time that seem very realistic, yet the book never sinks into such despair that the reader is worn out. The Knitting Circle also is a testament to the power of female friendships to bring support and healing - and it showcases Ann Hood's considerable writing talent.

Nov 16, 2011

I really liked this book. Took you into the main characters life and process of grieving for the loss of her daughter. Real page-turner! :)

lenalady Nov 06, 2011

This is a great read. I was surprised.

JPfaff99 Oct 27, 2011

This was well written and insightful.

Wanda_H Dec 07, 2009

This was a great read - I was surprised.


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