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The knitting circle, Ann Hood

Label
The knitting circle
Title
The knitting circle
Statement of responsibility
Ann Hood
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Since the sudden loss of her only child, Mary Baxter has been unable to read or write, unable to pursue the activities that used to be her primary source of comfort. At her mother's suggestion, she takes up knitting as a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days. And she reluctantly joins a knitting circle in her hometown of Providence, Rhode Island - not knowing that it will change her life." "Alice, Scarlet, Lulu, Beth, Harriet, and Ellen welcome Mary into their circle despite her hesitance to open her heart to them. Each woman teaches Mary a new knitting technique, and, as they do, they reveal to her their own secrets 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 finds the spark of life again."--BOOK JACKET
Review
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed October 9, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 40, p37)
  • 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 the sudden death of her five-year-old daughter, Stella, Mary Baxter is advised by her mother that learning to knit will take her mind off her grief. When she joins the local knitting circle, she learns that all of its members have a tragic story as well. As she starts knitting and develops a group of friends who understand the depths of loss, Mary's grief begins to heal, allowing her to return to work, repair her marriage, and learn a terrible secret from her mother. The novel follows a predictable strategy: we hear the story of Mary's tragedy and then that of each member of the knitting circle in turn, as Mary learns a new stitch from each person. The theme of a group of women working together to heal grief is classic, however, and Hood draws her characters sympathetically if unsparingly. Recommended for most libraries—this book will appeal to Oprah readers. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/06.]—Amy Ford, St. Mary's Cty. Lib., Lexington Park, MD --Amy Ford (Reviewed November 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 19, p56)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
150858
Cataloging source
DLC
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1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hood, Ann
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Knitting
  • Female friendship
Label
The knitting circle, Ann Hood
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000040969069
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
346 p.
Isbn
9780393059014
Label
The knitting circle, Ann Hood
Publication
Control code
000040969069
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
346 p.
Isbn
9780393059014

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