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The Knitting Circle

The Knitting Circle [Kindle Edition]

Ann Hood
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Praise for The Knitting Circle

‘Just like a woolly jumper, this book is cosy and perfect for long winter nights! … truly heartwarming.’
Closer Magazine

Praise for Ann Hood:

‘A heartbreaker’
Vanity Fair

‘An engrossing storyteller … [This book] works its magic.’ Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees

‘What a gift for Ann Hood, who suffered a loss nearly identical to Mary Baxter's, to have made of her grief.’

‘Memorably stirring and authentic.’
Los Angeles Times Book Review

‘Ann Hood writes with the ease of a born storyteller.’
Chicago Tribune

Book Description

Spinning yarns, weaving tales, mending lives…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 409 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0393059014
  • Publisher: Avon (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9TGO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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151 of 155 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars painful but beautiful 16 Sep 2007
The knitting blogs have been listing books with a knitting theme, and I've read a few. Generally they're pleasant little reads, sometimes with a pattern or two printed in the back, and I expected something like that when I picked up The Knitting Circle. Clearly I had not done my homework: this book by Ann Hood is richly textured and beautiful, if emotionally wrenching to read.

Hood lost her own young daughter to a sudden infectious illness. In this book she writes a compelling story of Mary Baxter's grief and recovery after the death of her five-year-old daughter Stella from bacterial meningitis. Mary is immobilized by her loss, and learns to knit through the long-distance machinations of her mother. The rhythm and predictability of knitting gradually begin to give her a focus; one stitch after another, one row after another, until a fabric is created. Time passes and something is achieved.

Mary soon learns that each of the other knitters meeting weekly at Alice's "Sit and Knit" has a tragic story. From lost wartime lover to brutal assault to recurring cancer to loved ones lost on 9/11, each knitter's story unfolds in turn. Their stories are linked through the knitting circle and Mary's slow, slow progress through her grief. Mary's relationship with her husband and her mother suffer from her lack of engagement, as well as her relationships at work. Gradually, like the fabric of knits and purls, Mary begins to be whole again.

Through most of this book there was a feeling of not much actually happening, but an intensity of feeling being expressed as the back-stories unfold; a darker, more introspective Decameron. Beautiful to read, painful but beautiful.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great uplifting book by Ann Hood 26 Jan 2008
I have just finished this book after 3 days. This is a different type of book for me as I usually only read thrillers. The cover of the book caught my eye. I thought the book on the whole was excellent; very uplifting. I like Ann Hood's style of writing and I hope to read many more of hers. At times I got annoyed with Mary though - a bit too self centred.

I started feeling better at the end of the book even though I am not a knitter (yet!) myself. I have had a lot of bad times recently and if you have been, or are, in a similar position I think you will like this book. I shed a few tears too!
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written tear jerker... 17 Jan 2008
I admit to having picked this book without reading the back, purely because it was called "The Knitting Circle" and having been reintroduced to knitting myself through a knitting group I was intrigued to see how many fictional books were popping up with this theme.

Within it's pages I found the moving and at times heartbreaking story of Mary, a women who have recently lost her only child, 5 year old Stella to meningitis. In the depths of her despair her wayward and absent mother seems unable to provide the support she needs until in a moment of clarity she arranges for "Big Alice" to invite Mary along to her Knitting Circle. And there begins Mary's journey, as each women gradually opens up and reveals their own hidden heartaches and tragedies and through the gentle, meditative effect of the knitting itself Mary begins to come back to herself and to life.

This book is made all the more poignant by the fact that author of this book, Ann Hood also lost her young daughter to sudden illness. A beautifully written book, which had me blinking back tears on more than one occasion.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Emotional tale 26 Aug 2011
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This book is on a very similar theme to one by Debbie Macomber. It starts off with Mary who has recently lost her daughter to illness. Her whole life is falling apart and it isn't until her mother gets her in contact with Alice,who owns a knitting shop, that she starts to put her life back together.
It starts as a very gentle tale, but as it tells the stories of the other women in the knitting circle it gets very emotional. All the women (and latterly one man) have come through a traumatic relationship or have serious personal problems: dead children, lost lovers gay and straight, illness of themselves or loved ones. The story is beautifully told and tells how they find solace in knitting and each other's friendship and how they rebuild their lives after loss. The bonus is that there is next to no bad language in it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curate's Egg 4 Oct 2011
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After reading the reviews, I began the Knitting Circle with high hopes and, whilst at first I admit I was hooked (oh no, that's crochet ... err, on pins), by half way I was getting just a bit weary of so many miserable stories in one book. It was like one-upmanship for knitters, each of the women outdoing each other with tales of woe. I suppose the moral was however bad you think you've got it, someone else is suffering more. But by three-quarters of the way through, instead of feeling sorry for the women, it became so farfetched that I was finding it laughable. I'm sure not what the author intended. Maybe I'm just cynical, but unfortunately it was just too much misery in one group and one book! I was relieved when I could eventually cast off!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Knitting Circle 28 Sep 2011
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First book I have read by Ann Hood and was drawn to it due to a renewed interest in knitting.

Thoroughly enjoyed it and became quite involved within the characters although Mary [lost her child due to illness] did become a little self-centred at times, but otherwise would highly recommend. Some twists and turns throughout, especially the mother / daughter relationships, along with the often hidden aspects of alchoholism, divorce, sexuality etc...

Will be recommending this book for a friends book club read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, I initially chose this book as i ...
Excellent read, I initially chose this book as i am a knitting fanatic, but in all honesty it does not matter if you don't even knit. This is a very good book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trish from Southampton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My mum loved this book
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
The knitting circle ties the lives of very different woman together resulting in the healing of a mother grieving the loss of her baby. Beautifully and sensitively written. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. S. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of emotion.
Such an amazing book. So full of emotion and I fell in love with the characters. I was sad to finish the book!
Published 2 months ago by Mme turk
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I loved this book. Warmth, friendship, hope. I laughed, i cried. One group of people with alot of pain in common. Thank you for a lovely read.
Published 2 months ago by Gemma
4.0 out of 5 stars Healing
Thought this was going to be a light hearted read but not at all. The writer dealt with the loss of a child in a most moving but imaginative way that although a sad subject matter... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nina
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving
An easy-to-read but incredibly moving story with interesting characters with their own stories. It was hard to put down, even though some of the stories were a little cliche. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great book
Heart rending, emotional, sad. Great portraits of people who had suffered tragedies in their lives. Some funny parts, I connected with the sadness
Published 4 months ago by James O'Neill
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but lacking substance
A very enjoyable read certainly, I guess I just wanted a bit more from the characters, I didn't truly feel connected
Published 4 months ago by Anne-Marie Upton
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt read
To anyone who has none grief and can't explain it this book is for you you will not put down
Published 5 months ago by jane wholey
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