Tina Jordan
May 09, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Comfort

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ann Hood
publisher
W.W. Norton
genre
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it an A

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How could a vibrant 5-year-old dance around the backyard, fashion a bouquet of myrtle and chives, then fall ill and die 48 hours later? When novelist Ann Hood (The Knitting Circle) lost her young daughter Grace to strep six years ago, she resisted friends who urged her to write about the tragedy. It wasn’t until the raw edges of sadness wore off that Hood found it possible to compose Comfort — and to love again, a Chinese baby girl whose birthday, April 18, is the same date as Grace’s death. Rarely do memoirs of grief combine anguish, love, and fury with such elegance. A

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