The Knitting Circle Author:Ann Hood 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 t... more »eaches 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.« 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.