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Knitting Our Lives Together
Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2018
Debbie Macomber has written a novel that will reverberate with her audience in unexpected ways. Her prose, while not completely lyrical, provides her characters and their themes of love, loss, betrayal, and forgiveness poetically descriptive. Macomber’s is not simply a story about knitting; it exudes a hidden charm and warm reward. Ms. Macomber is trying to capture the nuances of young people as well as adults in a seamless manner that makes you certain these characters are real.
It is true that few writers can manipulate a plot with such grace and compassion on a subject like knitting that many writers might not even attempt, but Debbie manages to do just that, illuminating real life as we puzzle over the characters’ choices as if they were ours to make. Knitting is of course the cover for many issues that each character brings to the core of the novel.
Its hard to imagine such a diverse group of people who would likely never even deign to speak to one another without the backdrop of learning to knit; each participant brings in her own strange mixture of reasons for wanting to learn, but we find these are merely a cover for what eventually is created from this unique storyline.
This book will deliver and if you're like me, you'll put yourself in the place of Lydia Hoffman and ask yourself how you would keep your life together and what decisions would you make if this tragedy was to be visited upon you. And, I hope you'll cheer for Lydia, as she seems to make the only decision that can save her and her family. The novel is rich with complex characters and a compelling plot that will haunt you long after you finish the book.
This is a graphic novel that should provoke discussions among its readers. It may have you arguing over the meaning of loyalty and forgiveness and it certainly begs the question of whether our past deeds should be used to judge our present lives. Certainly they should inform our future and adjust our decisions but at what point should they continue to be used against us?
Macomber has given us a book full of characters that will take hold of your heart, show you what it means to be human, and leave you wanting more. It's always a great disappointment when a good book is over. I highly recommend this book, buy it, savor it and take time to reflect on the topic.