The Knitting Circle: A Novel

By Ann Hood
Original music composed and performed by Stephen Graziano
Read by Hillary Huber

9.85 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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In the spirit of How to Make an American Quilt and The Joy Luck Club comes this novel about friendship and redemption. After the sudden loss of Stella, her only child, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island. Seeking a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days, she little realizes that the circle 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. In doing so, she reclaims her love for her husband, faces the hard truths about her relationship with her mother, and finds the spark of life again.

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Summary

Summary

In the spirit of How to Make an American Quilt and The Joy Luck Club comes this novel about friendship and redemption.

After the sudden loss of Stella, her only child, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island. Seeking a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days, she little realizes that the circle 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. In doing so, she reclaims her love for her husband, faces the hard truths about her relationship with her mother, and finds the spark of life again.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Brilliant and brave and extraordinary.”  Caroline Leavitt, author of Girls in Trouble
“The strength of the writing is in the painfully realistic portrayal of the stages of mourning.” Publishers Weekly
“Hillary Huber is a capable reader whose strength lies in her phrasing and her use of a well-timed pause…The novel is fraught with metaphors that liken knitting to life, and those comparisons neatly parallel each circle member’s history.” AudioFile
“The narration by Huber is soothing in itself and well suited to the story.” Kliatt

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Author

Author Bio: Ann Hood

Ann Hood is the author of thirteen books, including Comfort and The Knitting Circle. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, Tin House, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English