Ann Hood was born in West Warwick, RI. After receiving her B.A. in English from the University of Rhode Island, she became a flight attendant for TWA. She has lived in Boston, St. Louis, and New York City, where she attended graduate school in literature at New York University.
In April 2002 Hood's two-year-old daughter, Grace, died suddenly from a potent strain of strep. On her Web site Hood says that, since she was a child, she has used writing to help her figure out problems. But, she says, "when I lost Grace I also lost my ability to use words. I couldn't read and I couldn't write. Letters didn't come together to make words; sentences did not make sense. I couldn't concentrate. I couldn't focus." Nearly two years later Hood wrote an essay on lies about grief for a literary journal's special issue on lying. "That essay opened the door back to writing for me." After Grace's death Ann Hood took up knitting, and from her experiences came the moving novel The Knitting Circle.
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Ann Hood's Web site offers extensive information about her background and her books, including a blog and a schedule of her readings and book signings. (Be sure to watch the video on the Web site's page for The Knitting Circle.)
Ann Hood lives in Providence, RI, with her husband and two children. In addition to books, she publishes essays in many magazines and journals.
Related entry: review of The Friend Who Got Away
Books by Ann Hood
Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine (1987)
Waiting to Vanish (1988)
Three-Legged Horse (1989)
Something Blue (1991)
Places to Stay the Night (1993)
The Properties of Water (1995)
An Ornithologist's Guide to Life (2004) (stories)
The Knitting Circle (2007)
How I Saved My Father's Life (and Ruined Everything Else)(2008) (YA)
The Red Thread (2010)
Do Not Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles in a Cynical Time (1999) (memoir)
Creating Character Emotions (1998)
Comfort: A Journey through Grief (2008) (memoir)