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Friday, February 16, 2007

The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood

Robin Kall, the fabulous host of the radio show "Reading with Robin" gets to interview authors for a living and this week, she recommends a fabulous book by Ann Hood. Based on her tragic real life experience - Hood lost her own daughter when she was only five years old, this is truly a page turner that will bring tears to your eyes as you lose yourself in this sad, yet compelling novel.

Here's a brief description...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).


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