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The knitting circle
Ann Hood
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Summary: In the spirit ofHow to Make an American QuiltandThe Joy Luck Club, a novel about friendship and redemption. After the sudden loss of her only child, Stella, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island, as a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days, not knowing that it 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, and in so doing reclaims her love for her husband, faces the hard truths about her relationship with her mother, and finds the spark of life again. By an "engrossing storyteller," this new novel once again "works its magic" (Sue Monk Kidd).


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main characters Mary Baxter
Female
Married
Grieving over the sudden death of her only child; joins a knitting group to pass the empty hours and lonely days; slowly returns to her job as reporter for a local newspaper; husband leaves her for another woman.
Journalist

Scarlet
Female
Has red hair; member of a knitting group; was involved with a married man.

Lulu
Female
Rape victim
Tough talker; survived a violent rape; glass artist; member of a knitting group.
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Ellen
Female
Married
Her teenage daughter has a failing heart; member of a knitting group.

Harriet
Female
Lost loved ones in the 9/11 tragedy; member of a knitting group.

Beth
Female
Cancer patient
Member of a knitting group.



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