Casting on ! It starts almost by accident: the women who buy their knitting needles and wool from Georgia's store linger for advice, for a coffee, for a chat and before they know it, every Friday night is knitting night. Finding a pattern ! And as the needles clack, and the garments grow, the conversation moves on from patterns and yarn to life ...
Casting on ! It starts almost by accident: the women who buy their knitting needles and wool from Georgia's store linger for advice, for a coffee, for a chat and before they know it, every Friday night is knitting night. Finding a pattern ! And as the needles clack, and the garments grow, the conversation moves on from patterns and yarn to life, love and everything. These women are of different ages, from different backgrounds and facing different problems, but they are drawn together by threads of affection that prove as durable as the sweaters they knit. The Friday Night Knitting Club -- don't you want to join?
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I thought this book was wonderful. I could hardly put it down. It's an easy read that pulls you into it. It's a story that could really happen in anyones life. I couldn't wait to get the second book. I felt the pain and struggle that the characters in the book were.
Feb 13, 2009
Very good book, sometimes repetitive in some places. Shows what a MOTHER will do for her child,
Jan 15, 2008
ABC Named Darwin?
This book is certainly not the stuff of erudite, postmodern, thought-provoking, angst-ridden, oh-so-self-conscious literature, but that does not mean that I didn't find myself drawn in. It is, more than anything, a book about the power of women in community. It reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Berg's book, OPEN HOUSE. Jacobs tackles some very difficult topics here....how does one write about the potency of relational connection, biracial relationships, the impact of wealth and of financial pressure on relationships, fears surrounding aging and even the great All-American NO NO, "death" itself... without becoming sickeningly manipulative of readers' emotions? Jacobs wins out, for the most part. As is typical of many debut novels, it felt like Jacobs was literally pouring her most authentic "self" into every sentence. I found myself feeling a tad jealous of this crew of smart, talented, courageous women. There was only one element that I found a tad unbelievable. An ABC (American Born Chinese) woman named Darwin? Hmmmmm. Dorothy, perhaps. Or maybe Shirley. Even Betty. But Darwin? Never.
Dec 13, 2007
I liked it
Good story - really liked the people in it and the writing wasn't corny.
Oct 10, 2007
A NEED FOR HOPE!
THIS WAS A VERY HEARTWARMING, SOUL SEARCHING BOOK. PEOPLE ARE CONNECTED WHO NEED EACH OTHER. IT'S AN ENDEARING STORY WITH SOME KNITTING PATTERNS INCLUDED. THE INDIVIDUAL STORIES OF THE CHARACTERS ARE WONDERFUL. THIS BOOK IS REMINISCENT OF DEBBIE MACOMBER'S "BLOSSOM STREET" SERIES.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-10-16 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. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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