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Author: Ann Hood Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781538463673

Publisher Description

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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  • “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

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Heart-wrenchingly sad! There is no way to read this book without a box of tissues. Shows the therapeutic nature of knitting. Fictionalized version of a tragedy the author experienced. "

    - Meridith, 2/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I picked this up when I was really down. Its a great book to read for anyone who is going through a loss of any kind. Very real emotions are portrayed, and it definitely gave me a smile when I put it down. "

    - Cain, 1/27/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I absolutely loved this book. It's a great story of love and loss and friendship...and knitting, obviously. it made me want to learn to knit! "

    - Diana, 1/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved this book! The character's emotion beautifully captured. "

    - Ej, 1/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At the beginning of each section there was a quote from various knitting how-to books. I was amazed by how many of these I "read." I suppose the plot was a tad contrived but I was roped in and stayed up way too late to finish it. "

    - Kathy, 1/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Another book that had me crying...a lot of info about knitting (which I know nothing about), really enjoyed it! "

    - Norma, 1/1/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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, 12/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Dealing with death, a serious subject matter, reads well. "

    - Collette, 11/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Lovely heartwarming story. Really enjoyed it "

    - Angela, 10/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This book is a 12 Step program turned into a fiction novel. I happened to like the story because I like crafts like knitting and crochet, but it was predictable and I am not sure I would recommend it to other prolific readers. "

    - Marcia, 10/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I listened to the audiobook "

    - Lauretta, 9/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Deals with great loss and great grief & is touching. I expected more; I forced myself to finish it. "

    - Maria, 8/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " An easy read. Good story. "

    - Sandy, 7/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " With all the knitting I do, I had to read this book which was entertaining. Being part of the knitting "scene" eased me into retirement. I've just started going to the weekly meetings of "Stitch and Complain." Oh, the book was rather good. "

    - Susan, 6/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Ok - light frothy warm and a good read, but wouldn't recommend it for anyone looking for something very deep and meaningful "

    - Louise, 2/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Sad stories, but when I read that Ann Hood had lost a child at three I understand and it certainly helps one understand such grief when you haven't experienced anything close! "

    - Judy, 12/4/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " love it! makes ya want to get a circle going! "

    - Jenny, 11/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Kept me engaged. Not bad writing. I liked it. :) "

    - Rose, 11/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is a wonderful book. Loved the characters. Don't read if you are sad. Makes me want to learn how to knit!! "

    - lori, 11/12/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Pretty good: well written, good character development, but so so sad. It was hard to get through it at times as the premise was devastating just to imagine. "

    - Aimee, 5/31/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Entertaining little book, although highly predictable. The ladies solve all their problems in the knitting circle. "

    - Aunttammie, 4/20/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I thought this book was okay. "

    - Wendy, 3/31/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I cried throughout this whole book. The author shows the truth behind grieving. Anything worth grieving takes time and no one can tell you how long that it is. Even when you think that wound has healed, you still end up with a scar from it. it made me want to take up knitting :) "

    - Tiffany, 3/2/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This wasn't what I had expected but loved it none the less. it's very deep. Expect to cry when you read it. "

    - Audra, 7/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A Good but difficult read, enabling me to understand more the losses of my family and friends. "

    - Christine, 6/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Very good story - (emotionally) hard to read at times, but very well done. A story worth telling. "

    - Marie, 6/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Unexpected little jewel. I don't how long this one's been on my shelf, but I pulled it off at bedtime the other night and immediately hooked. Real people with real problems who learn from the struggles and help others. What a neat idea! "

    - Melanie, 6/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really enjoyed this book. Quick and easy to read about some amazing women although at time might seem a little depressing. "

    - Cynthia, 6/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Hard book for me to read only because of recent losses of my mother and my husband. But it is beautifully written and once again a book about unique friendships. "

    - Lynn, 6/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good writing. The theme was a bit depressing, but it has a happy ending... "

    - Jacque, 6/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was OK. I enjoyed it well enough. I thought Mary would end up being stronger and more independent. I was disappointed in the ending. "

    - Lynn, 5/31/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Wonderful book, read in 24 hours...couldn't put it down! "

    - Tracy, 5/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really liked this book, but as everyone has stated it is very sad. I can not count how many times I cried reading this book BUT I did enjoy and looked forward to picking it back up. "

    - Taylor, 5/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " If i could i would give this book a 3.75. A very good book about loss; the author was very good at eliciting the deep pain that this women felt at the loss of her daughter. "

    - Kathy, 5/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved it. I cried and really want to learn how to knit now. "

    - Sam, 4/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Great book, I really enjoyed it, even though it was very sad. "

    - Cooper, 4/23/2011

About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won numerous Earphones Awards.