The Knitting Circle

The Knitting Circle

Large Print - 2007
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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).
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007
Characteristics: 471 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780786294381 (lg. print : alk. paper)
0786294388 (lg. print : alk. paper)


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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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