The Knitting Circle: A Novel

The Knitting Circle: A Novel

by Ann Hood

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Overview

"An intelligent, moving read" (Pages) and "a testament to women’s friendship and to Ann Hood’s talent" (Hilma Wolitzer).

Afterthe loss of her only child, Mary Baxter finds herself unable to read or write, the activities that used to be her primary source of comfort. She reluctantly joins a knitting circle as a way to fill her lonely days—not knowing it will change her life. As they teach Mary new knitting techniques, the women in the circle also reveal their own secrets of loss, love, and hope. With time, Mary is finally able to tell her own story of grief, and in so doing finds the spark of life again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393330441
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/07/2008
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 343,945
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ann Hood is the author of eight previous books, including the best-selling memoir Comfort: A Journey Through
Grief and best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most and The Knitting Circle. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Knitting Circle 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
nhbookfan More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. I had already read The Friday night Knitting Club, and loved it, but I think this book was better. The descriptions of the characters were so much more in depth. I loved how the main character Mary learned how to knit something new and also dealt with her greif through each member of the knitting circle telling her their own story of grief and what it was that brought them to the circle themselves.
I would reccomend this book to anyone. Even if you aren't a knitter!
JeanneOB More than 1 year ago
The charactors are so real. You feel what the characters are feeling. They remind you of someone you know. I look forward to reading more of Ann Hood's books.
Grandma-Terminator More than 1 year ago
I read an article of Ann Hood's in More Magazine and was impressed by her style so I ordered the book for my Nook. I could not put this down. As a grandmother in her 60s and a knitter, I have experienced sadness and joys of the women and men in the book. I plan to read more of her books.
LeighVW More than 1 year ago
Great read (although kindof a chick book). I loved the references to knitting, it tied the story through and through. It reminded me of a little knitting store that I used to go to and all the personalities who came to knit. Highly recommended read.
BrittPaq More than 1 year ago
An intertwining tale of humanity seen through love & loyalty, between friends & lovers, alike, as the story brings forth trauma, tragedy & triumph in people's everyday lives. Victory is no longer equated to promotions & corner offices, but rather it's about gathering enough strength to do even the simplest of tasks, like showering or doing laundry, when the lives of so many become plagued with tragedy. It reminds us to be thankful of even the most basic of things, it teaches you to never take life for granted, & that life does in fact go on. This story is invigorating & inspiring, it is a tale of survival.
AussiegirlRI More than 1 year ago
I found this book easy to read and I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. The author drew me into the story and I fell in love with the characters. I didn't want the book to end...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone in this book had a depressing story. It is understandable that main character had a sad store, but it would have been nice to have some good news along with all the bad
BethG More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I picked it up and put it down twice...once I got past the first chapter, I was hooked. As a mother I related to the main character. The story of loss is heartbreaking but her path back is healing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a knitter and a Rhode Islander I enjoyed the book but as a reader I did not. Characters were cliched and unintentionally comical in their tragic lives. The idea was a good one but the characters didn't work for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just read this book as a possible suggestion for my book club. I am still thinking about it! It was hard to put down. I believe this book would make a very interesting discussion. I can't wait to share it with others!!
tommygrrl723 More than 1 year ago
Did you like The Friday Night Knitting Club? In my opinion, this book blew it away. The characters and storyline were both so well developed, that I couldn't help but finish the book in ONE DAY! This is definitely a must read!
Fil23 More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh and cry over and over again. Fantastic! A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book shortly after it came out I also read 'Friday Night Knitting Club.' How this book wasn't as highly featured as FNKC, I'll never know as it was a far superior book. The characters were 'real' and enjoyable. The same can't be said of all of the others that claim this genre. Spending a lot of time in bookstores, I have suggested this book to several who want to read a lighter mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a hard topic to write about, but Ann Hood did it beautifully. I started fall in love characters and what they were going through. I bought this book by mistake and I wasn't looking forward to reading it, but I am so glad I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I was reading this book the emotions bubbled up. I thought to myself if Ann Hood did not experience this then someone close to her did. It was no surprise when I learned that she did experience the loss of a child. With her experience she allowed the reader to not only read this experience but to truly feel it. I am sorry that she experienced such a tragic loss however she provided hope that there is life to be lived after someone you love dies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was such a heartwrenching read I didn't know if I could finish it. But, it was so good I had to keep reading. Based on a true life event of the author, this book will stay with me for a long time. When a book brings me to tears, I know it is good. It also made me want to learn how to knit!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! Ann Hood really delivered. I couldn't put this book down! The emotions i got while reading the book were so real. I enthusiastically recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am now an Ann Hood fan. Everyone knows someone who is like, at least, one of these characters AND knows someone who has had some similar life-altering experience. You will relate (even if knitting is not your thing.)
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, The Knitting Circle is the story of death, yes, but it is also the story of life - how it can be lived, how it should be lived. At the core of our narrative is Mary, a 40-something woman who has suffered the unbearable, the loss of her only child, Stella. Stricken with bacterial meningitis Stella died at the age of five. It seems that Mary's desire to live died with her. However, Mary has a very determined mother who knows that Mary must somehow find her way back into the world. To this end, she urges Mary to join an evening knitting circle at Big Alice's Sit and Knit. Mary acquiesces. Now, why Alice is called Big Alice we do not know as she stood a mere five feet tall. She spoke with a bit of a British accent and when Mary came to her shop saying that knitting was not really her thing. Alice's reply was that many had stood on her doorstep and said the same thing. She's a wise woman who gives Mary her first instruction and introduces her to the five other women who are members of the group. As the story evolves we discover that Scarlet, Lulu, Beth, Harriet and Ellen have also suffered greatly during their lives. Initially, Mary keeps to herself, not joining in the conversation. But, as each woman shows Mary something about knitting, the woman relates her personal story. Eventually, Mary is drawn in and is able to share her painful experience. Facing her grief openly enables her to once again relate to her remaining loved ones and the world in which she lives. Knowing that The Knitting Circle is an autobiographical novel adds to the poignancy of the tale as we are once again reminded of how very much we need one another. Hillary Huber, remembered for her fine narrations of The Light in the Piazza, A Map of Glass, and others, gives a superb reading. She segues easily between the different voices of the characters. Especially impressive is the slight change in timbre that makes it quite clear when fortyish Mary is speaking or 70-year-old Alice. Clearly Huber is an accomplished actress who adds greatly to the listener's enjoyment. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great and if it does not get to the Best Seller list soon I will be disappointed. Once I started I could not stop. I liked every one of the characters and felt like I knew them well and could understand where they were coming from. I was rooting for Mary and Dylan through the whole book. Unlike the Midwife's Daughter, the characters in this book came to life. I am super impressed with Ms. Hood. God bless what she had to go through to come out with a book like this
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and the one word that comes to mind, BEAUTIFUL.
pamjw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The stories of six women - and a couple of men - whose lives are a knotted as the knitting they meet to do. An endearing tale of the tragedies all of them have suffered - and how knitting has saved them.
perpstu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Knitting Circle is the story of a woman trying to climb back out of the darkness after her young daughter dies. Knowing she needs to focus on something besides her grief, she takes her mother's adivce and joins a knitting circle.She soon realizes that the lives of all of the other women in the circle seem perfect to an outside observer but each is suffering their own tragedy or sorrow that has brought them to the circle as well.This book was a wonderful story about friendship and healing, I have recommended it to all my friends!
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay. It was an okay book, but it was too, I don't know ... the story felt way too manufactured. I enjoy my light reads for sure but I like them to be a little bit realistic ya know? This whole thing just felt so fake.I think it could have been a lot better if the story had gone a bit differently.
poolays on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I read this gem I knew their was more to it. It rings so true, even when it seems like it couldn't be. At first it seems like a novel of women supporting each other, but there is an undercurrent of "these people are real". Highly recommended, although at times so real and so sad as to be difficult to read.