Reggi, May 4, 2010 (view all comments by Reggi)
This is a very enjoyable book. The characters are so well defined that you want to be included in their circle of friends. This book has been out awhile and I just happened upon it. Well worth picking up and once you do so, you will have a hard time putting it down.
Embeck2, July 15, 2009 (view all comments by Embeck2)
I picked out "Friday Night Knitting Club" because I thought it would be a quick read, something easy to pick up and put down while traveling. It wasn't long before I couldn't put it down, I was so caught up in the characters and their lives. Excellent book!
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beachfog, July 30, 2008 (view all comments by beachfog)
Attracted to this book because I am a knitter, I found it as quietly rewarding as an intriguing new knitting project, spared from sappiness by its sudden real-life twists toward the end. Looking forward to Jacobs' next one.
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Madam Pince, July 27, 2008 (view all comments by Madam Pince)
I picked this up mainly because a distasteful fellow patron at my local library declared it "sad." I figured if she disliked it, it couldn't be all bad ... and it's not. A plucky single Manhattan mom runs a cozy knitting shop while coping with her headstrong preteen daughter and the sudden reappearance of the girl's father, while patrons of the shop build an informal support group they brand "The Friday Night Knitting Club." Yes, the story has some sad moments, but what I took away from it was the immense strength offered by a group of friends who become your chosen family.
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Berkley Publishing Group -
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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.)
by USA Today,
"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."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"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."
"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."
by USA Today,
"Kate Jacobs' breezy first novel reads like Steel Magnolias set in Manhattan."
Juggling the demands of her yarn shop and single-handedly raising a teenage daughter has made Georgia Walker grateful for her Friday Night Knitting Club. And when the unthinkable happens, these women will discover that what theyve created isnt just a knitting club--its a sisterhood.Berkley Publishing Group
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.
READERS GUIDE INSIDE
Once a week, an eclectic group of women comes together at a New York City yarn shop to work on their latest projectsandmdash;and share the stories of their livesandhellip;
At the center of Walker and Daughter is the shopandrsquo;s owner, Georgia, who is overwhelmed with juggling the store and single-handedly raising her teenage daughter. Happy to escape the demands of her life, she looks forward to her Friday Night Knitting Club, where she and her friendsandmdash;Anita, Peri, Darwin, Lucie, and KCandmdash;exchange knitting tips, jokes, and their deepest secrets. But when the man who once broke Georgiaandrsquo;s heart suddenly shows up, demanding a role in their daughterandrsquo;s life, her world is shattered.
Luckily, Georgiaandrsquo;s friends are there for encouragement, sharing their own tales of intimacy, heartbreak, and miracle-making. And when the unthinkable happens, these women will discover that what theyandrsquo;ve created isnandrsquo;t just a knitting club: itandrsquo;s a sisterhood.
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