The Friday Night Knitting Club (Friday Night Knitting Club #1)
Walker and 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...more
I read most of it, but even then I had to force myself through the first half. The whole Dividing The Book Into Chapters About Knitting To Symbolize A Metaphor For Life seemed too cliche.
The entire first half of the novel is told in fits & starts as the narrator gives us every single detail of background information in every character. Scenes went along the lines of:
"X walked into the kitchen. She'd always loved the kitchen and spent many years c...more
And one week later, I can say this: I hated this book. I hated the way the author used nothing but sentence fragments. To emphasize her points. Everyone thinks and speaks in four. Word. Sentences. Can you imagine reading this writing style for an entire book?
Because it continues for the entire 300+ pages...more
The idea of a knitting group--a group of women gathering on a regular basis forming bonds of friendship and sharing life experiences--was the alluring premise of this book, and the reason I bought it. That's definitely what this book is. But is it a riveting story? Did I fall in love with the characters and turn pages with eager anticipation to see how the story would play out? No and no. I struggled turning pages of this book as much as I'd probably struggle...more
Oy! The best thing about this book was the cover photo. Gosh. I read this book slowly because I have very limited time for pleasure reading. I was annoyed with the overuse of the words "nosh" and "kybosh" for one thing, which grabbed my attention in the first few chapters. I decided to keep reading it because I felt that I was hyper-analyzing the book due to the slow pace with which I was getting through it. However, the other day, Persia took a three-h...more
The language and situations leave something to be desired. Also, whereas previous generations of women ran into each other at the well,...more
This is the story of Georgia Walker. And of her daughter Dakota. And the knitting shop she opened when she found herself single, pregnant and alone in a city she wasn't sure she wanted to stay in. And its the stor...more
The style of writing did not improve. It was full. Of sentence fragments. Just like this. Throughout the entire book. Distracting. In addition, there were details all over th...more
The plot: Georgia Walker owns a knitting-yarn store in New York City. Between her and her daughter, her employees, her friends, and some of her customers, they cobble together "The Friday Night Knitting Club" and gather at the store to stitch and bitch, as it were. And so we are offered some views into each woman's life. And just as Georgia's life starts to change for the better, tragedy strikes.
Well, let me tell you, this book was a...more
Well, I think this is a sophomoric attempt to ride on the coattails of those great works. So many exclamation points! So much 6th grade sentence structure! Far too much parenthetical explanation of character - every time the author wants to add a new detail to a character's life/personality, she has to justify it in a parentheses.
The writing style was dif...more
And, as several people on this site pointed out, there were so many events in the book that were not...more
It says it right there on the cover: “Like Steel Magnolias set in Manhattan.” That pretty much sums up The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs, the story of single mom Georgia Walker, her daughter Dakota, their yarn shop and the group of women that gather there every Friday night to chat, eat, laugh, cry, and maybe get a little knitting done.
Allow me to state up front that I am not a huge fan of the Steel Magnolias type of movie/book. I am all for sisterhood. I am grateful for the women in...more
When Dakota, Georgia and Cat went to Scotland to visit Gran, I liked what Gran said to Dakota:
"But just so you know, that we are, each one of us--even poor Cat--held together by the invisible threads of our histories" (page 228 in the paperback)
and when Darwin finally got her thesis started I enjoyed what she had written:
Does this skill have validity for the moder...more
It is the story of several women's journeys of self-discovery, self-realization and self-appreciation and the knitting lessons that accompany it highlight the life lessons the characters learn. The way the author talked about the craft in the first chapter, about learning it in childhood, the joy of it, it reminded me of learning needle crafts with my mom and after those f...more
Kate grew up near Vancouver, British Columbia, in the scenic and delightfully named town of Hope (pop. 6,184). It’s an area filled with friends and family and Kate loves to visit. Back then, of course, it was tremendously boring, as only home...more