When Sandra is widowed tragically early in her early 40s, with no children to distract her, and a career as a college lecturer only keeping her mildly busy, she feels she needs a new direction in her life. This comes in the unlikely shape of Martha, a woman she meets completely randomly when they both stop to help in a medical emergency in a shopping mall. Martha has also experienced grief, but appears to have worked it through. She is also a keen, talented, but almost obsessive knitter, who lives and breathes her skill. Sandra is fascinated by her work, and eager to develop other strands to her career, decides to organise an exhibition on the history of women's clothing and textiles, asking Martha to help her by creating replicas of various items. What follows is not a conventional friendship, nor a conventional healing, but whatever it is, it changes Sandra's life very much for the better.
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"A moving story about true love and haunting grief." --Adriana Trigiani, author of Big Stone Gap "A love of the handicraft in question is not a prerequisite for appreciating [Knitting] . . . The finished product has a subtle beauty." The Washington Post "Compelling . . . There is a lot in this book for anyone who ponders the big questions of life: the nature of friendship, the need for meaningful work, the comfort of sharing grief." Bookpage "A quiet, literary book exploring grace, loss, suffering, community, and forgiveness." --Christianity Today "What could be better than a good story about knitting? Anne Bartlett's Knitting fits the bill." --Creative Knitting "Well-crafted . . . thoughtful and genuine." --Australian Book Review "A beautiful novel that is, at its heart, about forgiveness." --Book Sense Notables "The believable, well-constructed dialogue captures the tension and tenderness of friendship. And the words the characters donReview:
"This is a deliciously daring and original book. Yes, it has to be said: it's a jolly good yarn." (The Advertiser)
"Knitting maintains a soft level of suspense with the unpredictability of its characters, whose simmering thoughts threaten to burst into action. The believable, well-constructed dialogue captures the tension and tenderness of friendship." (The Sydney Morning Herald)
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Book Description Penguin, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 288 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0141020652
Book Description Penguin Books, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 141020652