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The Knitting Circle by [Hood, Ann]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 187 customer reviews

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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.’
Newsday

‘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…


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 677 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9TGO
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 187 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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I really love this book. It's written very simply and maybe its not as in-depth and descriptive a novel as I usually read, but the simplicity just adds to the charm.
If you enjoy knitting this story will really resonate with you, and quite possibly bring a few tears to your eyes in the process!
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Although the writing was excellent and the characters were believable and mostly likeable I did get to a stage half way through this when I found myself thinking that the author had drawn up a list of horrible things that could happen to a person and then doled them out one each to her characters. In the end it just didn't quite make it to believable, even though ones heart really does break at times for the family, in the end there were too many other disasters and dreadful happenings to believe that they would all gather together in one group. Could be wrong but it was just a step too far for me. Sorry
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