Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood

I loved this book.  It made me happy.  It made me cry.  Mary and Dylan lost their beloved daughter Stella to meningitis. Mary is so sad.  She is stuck in her grief.  Her mother tells her to learn to knit.  She gets a call from Alice who convinces Mary to come to her shop.  Mary starts knitting.  Alice gets her to come to the knitting circle on Wednesday nights.  Through the ladies in the circle, Mary starts to live again.  As she starts to reach out to the other ladies, Mary learns the stories of their lives and how they let knitting heal them.

From goodreads:
In the spirit of "How to Make an American Quilt" and "The Joy Luck Club," a novel about friendship and redemption. 
After the sudden loss of her only child, Stella, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island, as a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days, not knowing that it will change her life. Alice, Scarlet, Lulu, Beth, Harriet, and Ellen welcome Mary into their circle despite her reluctance to open her heart to them. Each woman teaches Mary a new knitting technique, and, as they do, they reveal to her their own personal stories 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 reclaims her love for her husband, faces the hard truths about her relationship with her mother, and finds the spark of life again. By an "engrossing storyteller," this new novel once again "works its magic" (Sue Monk Kidd).

For an excerpt, click here.

Pages: 346


Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Love the cover and sounds interesting. I have not read for weeks, to be honest , I really haven't looked out there for books , yet there are thousands. I need to be in the right mood to read, you are brilliant and your challenges are amazing. :-)

jmisgro said...

Thanks Anne....I really loved this book. Maybe you can find it over there!!