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The Knitting Circle [Kindle Edition]

Ann Hood
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Come on in and join the knitting circle – it might just save your life…

Spinning yarns, weaving tales, mending lives…

Every Wednesday a group of women gathers at Alice's Sit and Knit. Little do they know that they will learn so much more than patterns…

Grieving Mary needs to fill the empty days after the death of her only child.

Glamorous Scarlet is the life and soul of any party. But beneath her trademark red hair and beaming smile lurks heartache.

Sculptor Lulu seems too cool to live in the suburbs. Why has she fled New York's bright lights?

Model housewife Beth never has a hair out of place. But her perfect world is about to fall apart….

Irish-born Ellen wears the weight of the world on her shoulders but not her heart on her sleeve. What is she hiding?

As the weeks go by, under mysterious Alice's watchful eye, an unlikely friendship forms. Secrets are revealed and pacts made. Then tragedy strikes, and each woman must learn to face her own past in order to move on…

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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

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Spinning yarns, weaving tales, mending lives…

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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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154 of 158 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars painful but beautiful 16 Sept. 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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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 83 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 Sept. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly comforting
I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did or emphasize with it in the way I did, but this book helped me to understand grief of a loved one in a way I didn't think... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Char2917
thought provoking ,unusual and interesting till the end. Shall look T HER OTHER BOOKS.
Published 16 days ago by val dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book very much
I enjoyed this book very much. It is well written and believable. I think the author based the storyline on her own life experience of losing her young child, so very moving and a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by pixiepie123
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Published 2 months ago by maryanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely emotional story
A story about a woman who, having lost a child, meets a lady who runs a knitting circle. Throughout the book, we meet other women who knit, to deal with the pain of real life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Looking forward to reading it.
Published 2 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What a superb read. I cried (lots) but it was also a heart warming read with lots of fabulous characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BxsB
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful story.
Great story. Couldn't wait for the time of day to come around when I could cosy up and get lost in this touching tale.
Published 3 months ago by Louise Mary Bessent
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book looking into the world of other peoples ...
Really enjoyed this book looking into the world of other peoples problems and how they survive though their ordeals with close knitting friends at hand. Read more
Published 4 months ago by La Bling
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a heart warming story.
Such a heart warming story.
Published 7 months ago by Jenni Stephens
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