The Knitting Circle, by Ann Hood

While mourning the death of her 5 year old daughter, Ann Hood learned to knit. She found that the act of knitting allowed her to focus on something other than the unbearable pain she felt. Hood has transformed this experience into a novel. I recently attended a talk by her and was fascinated as she explained how as an author she took this most painful of life’s tragedies and used it to create a “poignant and  uplifting novel.” In the story Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, R.I. as a way to focus on something other than the sudden loss of her only child. Each knitter in the group has a tragedy that she will reveal to Mary over the course of the story. Time and this circle of friends allows Mary to not be crushed by her loss.

RATING:  **** Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh

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