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The Knitting Circle: A Novel

The Knitting Circle: A Novel
Author: Ann Hood
ISBN 13: 9780393330441
ISBN 10: 393330443
Edition: 1st Norton Pbk. Ed
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2008-01-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
List Price: $14.95

“An intelligent, moving read” (Pages) and “a testament to women’s friendship and to Ann Hood’s talent” (Hilma Wolitzer).

The Washington Post - Carrie Brown

The Knitting Circle was written after Hood's own tragic loss, the death of her young daughter, and it is not hard to imagine the ways in which writing this novel must have been both painful and therapeutic. It is a wondrously simple book about something complicated: the nearly unendurable process of enduring after a great loss. The novel, like knitting, seems to make itself up as it goes along, the threads bound and gathered into a whole. In the end, there is something where there once was nothing: a scarf, a pair of socks, solace where there once was pain. Little by little, by knit and by purl, Mary's empty hands are once again full.