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Book # 31 The Knitting Circle

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Ann Hood is no stranger to the craft of writing. She is the author of 7 novels including a short story collection titled "The Ornithologist's Guide to Life". Hood is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize and Best American Spiritual writing Award not to mention that her stories and essays have appeared in O Magazine, New York Times, and Good Housekeeping to mention a few.

A few years back I read the novel "Ruby" written by Anne Hood and enjoyed the Character development of the young pregnant teen. I quickly passed the book on to like minded friends and continued to ingest as many books as I could in my free time.

It wasn't until recently that I saw "The Knitting Circle" on display in a local bookstore, and because I was a new knitter it caught my eye. After thumbing through it, realizing that this was the author of "Ruby" I decided I couldn't wait for the paperback copy and splurged on a hardcover edition. Anyway enough about me.

After the death of her only child, Mary finds that she can not experience the joy in anything that use to bring her comfort. Somewhat estranged from her mother and grappling with a husband in the midst of his own grief, Mary decides to take her mother's advice and joins a knitting circle.

Learning to knit ends up being the easy part of joining the circle. Eventually as each person in the circle tells their own personal story, Mary is able to find the courage to give voice to her own inner turmoil. The beginning of each section of the book starts with a knitting technique that parallels the chapter ahead and you don't need to be a knitter to enjoy this book.

Ann Hood did not disappoint me with this her latest book. Her talent at bringing our everyday emotions to light in her characters had me sighing, laughing, crying and realizing that I'm not alone.

The Knitting Circle
Ann Hood
copyright 2007
344 pages


I think this is the first book I've noticed reviewed by both Debut-A-Debut and Summer's Hidden Treasures. I might be wrong.