Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

As a new knitter, I thought it might be fun to read a book with knitting as a central theme. The Friday Night Knitting Club is Kate Jacob’s first novel about a group of women who meet once a week to knit, eat and chat.

As the story follows their lives, both the ups and downs, these women are there for each other. There is Georgia, a single mom of a bi-racial teen and independent business owner of a yarn shop in Manhattan, who is dealing with the return of her daughter’s father as well as a former best friend, Cat, who is on the verge of a divorce from her wealthy husband and doesn't know what to do with her life. Anita, Georgia’s mentor, is a widow who is discovering love again. Darwin is a graduate student working on her thesis in women’s studies and dealing with a long distance relationship with her husband, and Lucie is a struggling filmmaker who decides to have a baby at 40 and raise it on her own. Then there is Peri, part time worker in the shop who is pursuing her degree in fashion design and developing a line of felted handbags, and K.C., Georgia’s former co-worker who decides to leave her long career in publishing and go back to school for her law degree.

Thrown into this interesting mix are Georgia’s daughter Dakota who is 12 with dreams of being the next Food Network star, Dakota’s father James who is trying to make amends with both Dakota and Georgia, and Georgia’s Gran who lives in Scotland and taught her to knit as a child.

I really wanted to love this book, but was a bit disappointed. While it was good enough for a first novel, I found the story progressed rather slowly and when the big twist in the plot arrives late in the book, I felt the ending then wrapped up too quickly.

The characters were interesting, but were not developed enough for me to really care what happened to them. However, I could really relate to the character’s successes and frustrations with knitting, and appreciated the anecdotes comparing knitting and life.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy stories about women and friendship and the everyday ups and downs of life as well as anyone who is interested in knitting.

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