Since the publication of her first novel, Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, in 1987, Ann Hood has gained a devoted following as a writer of superb fiction and powerful memoir. Her subsequent novels include The Obituary Writer, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread and The Italian Wife, and she is the author of a short story collection, An Ornithologist’s Guide to Life. In the wake of her five year old daughter’s death in 2002, she wrote the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief. A passionate knitter, Hood also edited the anthology Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. A frequent teacher of writing, Hood also contributes frequently to magazines.