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The Friday Night Knitting Clubby Kate Jacobs
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A charming and moving novel about female friendship and the experiences that knit us together-even when we least expect it.
Walker & Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club was started by some of Georgia's regulars, who gather once a week to work on their latest projects and to chat — and occasionally clash — over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.
Georgia has her hands full, juggling the demands of running the store and raising her spunky teen daughter, Dakota, by herself. Thank goodness for Anita, her mentor and dear friend, and the rest of the members of the knitting club-who are just as varied as the skeins of yarn in the shop's bins. There's Petra, a prelaw student turned handbag designer; Darwin, a somewhat aloof feminist grad student; and Lucie, a petite, quiet woman who's harboring some secrets of her own.
However, unexpected changes soon throw these women's lives into disarray, and the shop's comfortable world gets shaken up like a snow globe. James, Georgia's ex, decides that he wants to play a larger role in Dakota's life — and possibly Georgia's as well. Kat, a former friend from high school, returns to New York as a rich Park Avenue wife and uneasily renews her old bond with Georgia. Meanwhile, Anita must confront her growing (and reciprocated) feelings for Marty, the kind neighborhood deli owner. And when the unthinkable happens, they realize what they've created: not just a knitting club, but a sisterhood.
"Between running her Manhattan yarn shop, Walker & Daughter, and raising her 12-year-old biracial daughter, Dakota, Georgia Walker has plenty on her plate in Jacobs's debut novel. But when Dakota's father reappears and a former friend contacts Georgia, Georgia's orderly existence begins to unravel. Her support system is her staff and the knitting club that meets at her store every Friday night, though each person has dramas of her own brewing. Jacobs surveys the knitters' histories, and the novel's pace crawls as the novel lurches between past and present, the latter largely occupied by munching on baked goods, sipping coffee and watching the knitters size each other up. Club members' troubles don't intersect so much as build on common themes of domestic woes and betrayal. It takes a while, but when Jacobs, who worked at Redbook and Working Woman, hits her storytelling stride, poignant twists propel the plot and help the pacing find a pleasant rhythm." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Kate Jacobs' breezy first novel reads like Steel Magnolias set in Manhattan....It's a clever premise, the book is a breezy read, and the characters are mostly well drawn and appealing." USA Today
"The female cast is likeable, but Jacobs pushes hard the idea of knitting as a metaphor for life, which thickens the novel's syrupy Lifetime Channel melodrama until it congeals into a bizarre ending." Kirkus Reviews
"The yarn picks up steam as it draws to a conclusion, and an unexpected tragedy makes it impossible to put down. Jacobs' winning first novel is bound to have appeal among book clubs." Booklist
In this charming debut novel, Jacobs pens a moving story about a single mother who runs a Manhattan yarn shop where some of her regulars gather to chat over their stories of love, life, and everything in between. Film rights optioned by Julia Roberts' Red Om production company and Universal Pictures.
The ladies of the #1 New York Times bestselling Friday Night Knitting Club return in a moving, laugh-out-loud celebration of special times with friends and familyand#133;
Whipping up chocolate-orange scones at pastry school is Dakota Walkerand#8217;s passion, but sheand#8217;ll never give up the Friday Night Knitting Club at Walker and Daughter, the coziest yarn shop in Manhattan. The club is also a haven for Peri, Darwin, Lucie, K.C., Anita, and Catherineand#151;Dakotaand#8217;s dearest friends, big sisters, and sometimes surrogate mothers.
With the holidays just around the corner, the women have reason to celebrate: Thereand#8217;s a special wedding planned for New Yearand#8217;s Day.and#160; And in the meantime, Dakota is finishing a sweater her mother started before she was born. As she takes on her motherand#8217;s pattern, she learns that there was much more history in these stitches than she had anticipated, and to build on her motherand#8217;s legacy, Dakota must become the woman she truly desires to be.
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The sequel to the beloved #1 New York Times bestseller, The Friday Night Knitting Club.
At the Manhattan knitting store founded by Georgia Walker, the members of the Friday Night Knitting Club--including Georgia's daughter Dakota, now a college freshman--continue to rely on each other for help, even as they struggle with new challenges: for Catherine, finding love after divorce; for Darwin, the hope for a family; for Lucie, being both a single mom and a caregiver for her elderly mother; and for seventy something Anita, a proposal of marriage from her sweetheart, Marty, that provokes the objections of her grown children. As the club's projects--an afghan, baby booties, a wedding coat--are pieced together, so is their understanding of the patterns underlying the stresses and joys of being a mother, wife, daughter, and friend. Because it isn't the difficulty of the garment that makes you a great knitter: it's the care and attention you bring to the craft, as well as how you adapt to surprises...
About the Author
Kate Jacobs is a writer and editor who divides her time between New York and Los Angeles. A former staffer at Redbook, Working Woman, and Family Life, she is now a freelance editor at the website for Lifetime Television. The Friday Night Knitting Club is her first novel.
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