The Knitting Circle Author:Ann Hood While mourning the death of her daughter, Ann Hood (An Ornithologist's Guide to Life) learned to knit. — In her comeback novel, Mary Baxter, living in Hood's own Providence, R.I., loses her five-year-old daughter to meningitis. Mary and her husband, Dylan, struggle to preserve their marriage, but the memories are too painful, and the healing too ... more »difficult. Mary can't focus on her job as a writer for a local newspaper, and she bitterly resents her emotionally and geographically distant mother, who relocated to Mexico years earlier. Still, it's at her mother's urging that Mary joins a knitting circle and discovers that knitting soothes without distracting. The structure of the story quickly becomes obvious: each knitter has a tragedy that she'll reveal to Mary, and if there's pleasure to be had in reading a novel about grief, it's in guessing what each woman's misfortune is and in what order it will be exposed. The strength of the writing is in the painfully realistic portrayal of the stages of mourning, and though there's a lot of knitting, both actual and metaphorical, the terminology's simple enough for non-knitters to follow and doesn't distract from the quick pace of the narrative.« less
What a beautiful story! At times it's heartbreaking, but it's also heartwarming. This is a wonderful story of women coming together, forming friendships and supporting each other. It makes me want to learn to knit and join a knitting circle!
It is a wrenching story about loss that also manages to be consoling. It is testament to woman's friendship. I stayed up late at night to finish reading this book. Makes you want to go out and learn how to knit.
This is one of the most touching stories I have read. The characters really came alive to me. I am an avid knitter and knitting can make you happy and it also helps one to not think about problems or things that are not always pleasant. The Knitting Circle came together from different walks of life. It is a very caring book. Loved it!
Once I got past all of the tragic stories in this book I found it very enlightening. I re-evaluated my own situation and found myself with a more positive outlook. But it is a tear jerker in every sense.
The Knitting Circle is the story of Mary and how she mourns and recovers from the sudden death of her only child. She joins a knitting group seeking a distraction from her overwhelming grief. She not only finds distraction, but also as a group of women who become friends and -- through their own stories -- a guide to moving on from tragedy.The Knitting Circle has some shortcomings--Mary's mother's story seems contrived and Mary never worries about her job or finances, but on balance it is a good read. The fact that the novel is based on author Ann Hood's real life experiences adds to the poignancy.
As much as I enjoy knitting, I have to conclude that knitting groups in general make lousy backdrops for novels. With few exceptions, they run to the simple and sappy. This one, unfortunately, is not one of the exceptions. The main character has lost a child, as Hood did, and spirals into a deep depression, also shadowing Hood's experience. But Constant Reader has difficulty accepting the notion that the women in the knitting circle to which Mary Baxter is reluctantly dragged all have some deep hidden sorrow whose discovery helps Mary heal.
The main character is a mother whose child has died. She learns to cope with a group of women who form a knitting circle. Quite true to life and they all talk about problems in their lives. A good read.
This book was so much more than I expected it to be. It was very hard to put it down. She does a great job of getting inside peoples feelings in different situations. The bad situations might have made it depressing but some way, they all found comfort in knitting.
I'm keeping this book for my knitting friend and my daughter-in-law.