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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"A very emotional and sad book. I did enjoy how knitting played a part in the healing/grief process and how relationships formed between people from various different backgrounds that otherwise would not have. The stories in this book are a reminder how we all struggle with trials in this life and everyone is going through something - you never know until you get to know someone. Outwardly, people appear ok, but it's what in their hearts & life experiences that make them who they are."
Karla (4 out of 5 stars)