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The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club

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Publisher Comments:

For every woman who has ever dreamed of starting over, or being a better mother, or just knitting a really nice scarf . . .

When her husband dies in a car crash--not long after announcing he wants a divorce--Jo Mackenzie packs up her two rowdy boys and moves from London to a dilapidated villa in her seaside hometown. There, she takes over her beloved Gran's knitting shop--a quaint but out-of-date store in desperate need of a facelift. After a rough beginning, Jo soon finds comfort in a "Stitch and Bitch" group; a collection of quirky, lively women who share their stories, and their addiction to cake, with warmth and humor.

As Jo starts to get the hang of single-parent life in a small town, she relies on her knitting group for support. The women meet every week at the shop on Beach Street and trade gossip and advice as freely as they do a new stitch. But when a new man enters Jo's life, and an A-list actress moves into the local mansion, the knitting club has even more trouble confining the conversation to knit one, purl two.

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club is an uplifting, winning tale about the healing power of friendship and new beginnings. It's a charming novel that will delight all passionate knitters--and win over befuddled, would-be knitters, too.

Review:

"Smart novels about starting over don't get any better than this sweet treat by Brit author McNeil (Divas Don't Knit). Jo Mackenzie, full-time mum to little rascals Jack and Archie, is blindsided when her foreign correspondent husband, Nick, admits to an affair and asks for a divorce, only to be killed soon after in a car crash. Now Jo must keep up an awkward grieving widow facade. When her grandmother offers Jo the family knit shop, Jo sells her London flat and moves to the small seaside town of Broadgate Bay. When she decides to start a 'stitch and bitch' group above her shop, the ancient shop assistant resists her innovations, but happily, the woman's son, Martin, is back in town and newly divorced. Then a chance encounter with a movie star, the town's newest resident, adds to Jo's misadventures. Readers will be kept in stitches by the mishaps and antics of Jo, an endearing Bridget Jones with baggage. McNeil's top-notch writing and quick wit keep the plot spinning until the wholly satisfying, and not entirely expected, conclusion." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Gil McNeil's BEACH STREET KNITTING SOCIETY AND YARN CLUB is a fresh, uplifting, funny novel about knitting, the art of life, and how a young mother learns to start over after her husband's sudden death.

Synopsis:

First published in Great Britain as Divas don't knit in 2007 by Bloomsbury.

About the Author

This is Gil McNeil's first US publication. She lives in Kent, England, with her son, and is currently working on the sequel to The Beach Street Knitting SOciety and Yarn Club--as well as a scarf and a rather tricky jumper. (Author's name is pronounced "Jill.")

Product Details

ISBN:
9781401340803
Author:
Mcneil, Gil
Publisher:
Hyperion
Author:
McNeil, Gil
Subject:
General
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Knitting
Subject:
England
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20091222
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 18.72 z
Age Level:
12-UP

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Product details 432 pages Hyperion Books - English 9781401340803 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Smart novels about starting over don't get any better than this sweet treat by Brit author McNeil (Divas Don't Knit). Jo Mackenzie, full-time mum to little rascals Jack and Archie, is blindsided when her foreign correspondent husband, Nick, admits to an affair and asks for a divorce, only to be killed soon after in a car crash. Now Jo must keep up an awkward grieving widow facade. When her grandmother offers Jo the family knit shop, Jo sells her London flat and moves to the small seaside town of Broadgate Bay. When she decides to start a 'stitch and bitch' group above her shop, the ancient shop assistant resists her innovations, but happily, the woman's son, Martin, is back in town and newly divorced. Then a chance encounter with a movie star, the town's newest resident, adds to Jo's misadventures. Readers will be kept in stitches by the mishaps and antics of Jo, an endearing Bridget Jones with baggage. McNeil's top-notch writing and quick wit keep the plot spinning until the wholly satisfying, and not entirely expected, conclusion." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Gil McNeil's BEACH STREET KNITTING SOCIETY AND YARN CLUB is a fresh, uplifting, funny novel about knitting, the art of life, and how a young mother learns to start over after her husband's sudden death.
"Synopsis" by , First published in Great Britain as Divas don't knit in 2007 by Bloomsbury.
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