I decided to read the Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin simply because she is a knitter. I didn’t know anything about the book or anything about her besides her crafty hobby. She’s a knitter, I thought, so I’m sure I’ll appreciate her writing.
I just finished the book, and the first comforting thought I had as I closed its cover was “Of course this book was written by a knitter.” I’m a big believer that the benefits of knitting carry over into life, in how we view ourselves and how we interact with others. Therefore I inevitably see parallels in this story and how I view my knitting.
The thing is, the Immortalists isn’t about knitting. At all. It’s about the Gold children, who visit a gypsy-psychic and are each given a prophecy of the day they will die. We go on to hear the stories about how these prophecies inform their lives over the next several decades. (Don’t worry, this is all book jacket information.)
This book resonated with me so much that I really want to talk to someone else about it. So how about this: let’s have a Wool & Grace Book Group, and let’s talk about this book. Let’s keep it all really fluid right now, but I’m thinking that we can read up and regroup late August or early September to discuss. To sweeten the deal, I have 5 copies of the Immortalists that I will GIVE to the first five who email and agree to join the book group (the deal is that you have to pick up the book from me at the shop). Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re interested and we’ll get back to you either way to let you know if you’re the recipient of a free book.
We hope you’ll join the book group regardless. We think this a great way to have a different conversation with our community of knitters and to know you in a new way. If we get a good group together, perhaps we put together a little Ravelry group and an Instragram #! Please email to express interest in and join in!