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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.
Stockinette, ribbing, cables, even the humble yarn over can instantly evoke places, times, people, conversations, all those poignant moments that weve tucked away in our memory banks. Over time, those stitches form a map of our lives.
—From the preface
In The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections on a Life in Knitting, renowned knitter and author Clara Parkes ponders the roles knitting plays in her life via 22 captivating, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny essays. Recounting tales of childhood and adulthood, family, friends, adventure, privacy, disappointment, love, and celebration, she hits upon the universal truths that drive knitters to create and explores the ways in which knitting can be looked at as a metaphor for so many other things. Put simply, No matter how perfect any one sweater may be, its only human to crave another. And another, and another.”
Praise for The Yarn Whisperer:
Clara Parkes: The Yarn Seer.” —Interweave Knits magazine
If you are a knitter, or even if you are not, read this book for the sheer joy of her writing, for the way she strings ideas together and brings you into her world . . . I would compare her to Mark Twain because of her dry humor. Honestly, shes that good.” —New Jersey Courier News In Sticthes blog
Read this book to be reminded of how special it is to be a part of this warm and fuzzy community.” —About.com
I see a lot of yarn books in this gig, and Whisperer is not only the best Ive seen this year, its one of my all-time faves. Seriously, its that good.” —The Oregonian
I dont want to stop reading. Each chapter is a little jewel.” —KnitCircus.com
Parkes has a poets appreciation for the interconnectivity of seemingly disparate aspects of life . . . I have a sense of affinity with the metaphors she chooses, which are drawn from music, gardening, baking, and of course, knitting. Her language dances and gallops, chuckles and sings.” —Kangath Knits blog
The Yarn Whisperer weaves together knitting anecdotes and life experiences of the author in a way that I think we can all relate to.” —Kelbourne Woolens blog
Its a fun book for curling up on a cool day with a cup of tea, knitting nearby, of course.” —CraftGossip.com
It is seriously the best book about knitting experiences ever. I absolutely LOVED it!” ­ —Sweetly Made
If you havent read The Yarn Whisperer yet, you should. Its sweet, funny and full of moments youll recognize or aspire to. I recommend you get a copy.” —Moth Heaven
In this charming series of linked essays, Parkes metaphorically puts the fast whorl on her wheel and spins something entirely new, showing that shes not just a good writer but a great one. Funny, sweet, and trenchant and offered in twenty-two digestible bits, this book is not only the quintessential sampler afghan of knit lit, it is also the It gift of the season. Buy a stack to stuff inside the handmade stockings of your knitting-circle friends.” —Vogue Knitting
The creator of Knitters Review has created a collection of stories of her life of knitting, yarn, baking and overall appreciation for all things beautiful, and has woven them together like afghan squares with charm, grace and hilarity.” —Petite Purls
Her writing is incredibly clever . . . this book will be dear to your heart.” —Knit the Hell Out
Its my favorite new knitting book of the year.” —DallasNews.com
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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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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