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Description - Comfort by Ann Hood

In 2002, Ann Hood's five-year-old daughter Grace died suddenly from a virulent form of strep throat. Stunned and devastated, the family searched for comfort in a time when none seemed possible. Hood-an accomplished novelist-was unable to read or write. She could only reflect on her lost daughter-"the way she looked splashing in the bathtub ...the way we sang 'Eight Days a Week.'" One day, a friend suggested she learn to knit. Knitting soothed her and gave her something to do. Eventually, she began to read and write again. A semblance of normalcy returned, but grief, in ever new and different forms, still held the family. What they could not know was that comfort would come, and in surprising ways. Hood traces her descent into grief and reveals how she found comfort and hope again-a journey to recovery that culminates with a newly adopted daughter.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393064568
ISBN-10: 0393064565
Format: Hardback
(193mm x 124mm x 20mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 6-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Book Reviews - Comfort by Ann Hood

US Kirkus Review » Novelist Hood's brief, heartbreaking memoir chronicles the death of her five-year-old daughter and its soul-searing aftermath.In 2002, Grace contracted a virulent form of strep throat. A broken arm in her ballet class, a fever that seemed to come out of nowhere, a call to the pediatrician and, writes Hood, "a day and a half after I carried her into the ER, Grace died." The book opens with the author's description of the interminable hours in the hospital, watching as Grace cycled from near-comatose to "better" to dead. Though she's mined this material before in her fiction (The Knitting Circle, 2007, etc.), Hood's terror and agony are once again fresh. Watching her daughter go into cardiac arrest, she writes, "I screamed, 'Gracie! Gracie! Gracie!' so loud and so often that my throat remained dry for days afterwards." The rest of the book delineates the process of grieving undergone by Hood, her husband and their eight-year-old son Sam. Unable to write for a time, Hood took up knitting and thought back on her life before marriage and motherhood. She had been a young woman who effortlessly left places and people behind; then she fell in love with Manhattan, and "the one place I thought for certain I would never leave was New York City." Her husband persuaded her to move to Rhode Island, but for years she felt it didn't fit. The story of how she "slowly, slowly" began to find her place in this new world is as compelling as the ghastly account of Grace's tragic end. Eventually, time started to do its healing work: Hood was again able to put words on paper, and in 2005 the family adopted a baby girl from China - born on the date Grace died.A loving tribute by turns harrowing and beautiful. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Ann Hood

Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the best-selling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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