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Friday Night Knitting Club (Friday Night Knitting Club #1)

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  59,060 ratings  ·  7,469 reviews
Walker Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Its Friday Night Knitting Club is improvised by some of Georgia's regulars, who stroll into the shop looking for tips on knitting and end up finding much, much more. So now, once a week, they gather to work on their latest projects and to chat -- and occasio ...more
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Published June 1st 2007 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 2006)
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La Petite Américaine
Dec 18, 2008 La Petite Américaine rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lifetime for Women
Shelves: sucked, rants
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Rachel
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Michelle
I just picked this up at the library because there was nothing else there. The reviews I've scanned give me pause, but hey, I haven't read any blatant chick-lit in quite a while...we'll see.

*****

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
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Tracie
Wow, I really didn't like this book. I picked it up and put it down for days not getting past the first 20 pages because the style of writing was frustrating and in the beginning I really didn't like the main character. Being a knitter in NYC I wanted to like the book about the little yarn shop so I made myself keep reading.

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
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Leigh Ann
I'm giving this two stars: averaging one star for the first half and three for the second half. Through the first half of the book I kept thinking, "how are they going to make a movie of this?" It was just all these separate women and their individual stories and none seemed to have anything to do with the others. They did all come together at the end, though. The first thing that really got my attention was in Darwin's story. She was talking about how she was a good girl, but she didn't want to ...more
Michele
Knitting is a Nice Device, But . . .
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
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Kellie
This was a very moving, character driven novel. Loaded with emotion, The Friday Night Knitting Club is about women who become friends through a knitting club that was formed by accident. Walker & Daughter is a knitting store formed by single mom Georgia. With the help of her dear friend Anita, Georgia runs this NYC store with not only great knitting supplies and projects, but with some friendly guidance and advice, (not necessarily on knitting). The knitting club forms when a handful of wome ...more
The Book Maven
Oh dear. That's several hours of my life I will never get back.

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
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Nichole
Aug 14, 2008 Nichole rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I have the soft cover, not the hard cover.

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
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Jennifer
Aug 14, 2008 Jennifer rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I'm sorry (why am I sorry? I guess because there's a part of me that feels guilty for completely dissing a book that someone has written. I mean, I've never written a book, so what do I know?), but this book was terrible. I'm not even sure why I finished it. I didn't even have high expectations for it--had already categorized it as chick-lit--but even still, I found every character completely stilted and unrealistic and the plot uninspired, dull, and predictable. This book will not make you want ...more
Dawn Michelle
Sep 09, 2008 Dawn Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good story
Recommended to Dawn Michelle by: Read a review of it
This was a really GREAT book! Its a story if strength, perseverance (sp), tenacity and most of all, love and how love touches and affects everything around you even when you aren't aware that it is. Is is also the story of forgiveness and the love that can come when forgiveness happens.

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
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Lain
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Debbie
While I agree with Anna that this is not a great book, I did come away with two passages from the book that I really liked:

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:

"Knitting.
Does this skill have validity for the moder
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Cornmaven
I don't know why I keep reading this book. The reviews on the back were good, and claimed a relationship to Steel Magnolias and How To Make An American Quilt.
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 thing
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JayeL
Jan 09, 2008 JayeL rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who appreciate the attraction of a regular craft group.
Shelves: 2008
This book has an unexpected kind of Karmic wheel ending, but the whole books is well written and well spoken (I listened to the audio version from Audible.com). It starts out in a way that, I think, most of find ourselves in at some point in life: doing fine and not able to see how life could be better. In this case, our heroine's life does get better when she opens her heart and her life to other people: old and new friends. The setting is the Walker and Daughter Knitting shop in New York City. ...more
booklady
An interesting portrayal of an assortment of women living in Manhattan and drawn together in various ways to a small, privately-owned yarn shop which seems to spontaneously spawn a Friday Night Knitting Club. Every character is unconventional. Is this because it's New York, a novel or because there are no more 'ordinary'* families left in America? One wonders...

The language and situations leave something to be desired. Also, whereas previous generations of women ran into each other at the well,
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Michele
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Abby
I really, really wanted to like this book. I'm a knitter and loved the idea of a chick-lit/women's fiction novel focused around the relationships and craft that "stitch" together a knitting group. However, I couldn't have cared less about the characters in this book. They were wooden and one-dimensional, either representing a stereotype or a carefully constructed personality set up against a stereotype, almost so the author could say "Look! I'm not being stereotypical!"

The writing style was dif
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Kelly
post-read: so, now i'm finished. this book was basically chick-lit. i felt the story wasn't too shabby, but writing style/tone made me feel like i was reading a high schooler's creative writing assignment. SO prosaic and cliche. in another author's hands, it could have been much better. the ending, as jeni said, was surprising, and i think the author used it to separate it from its chick-lit sistren, but it didn't work. it did make me tear up a LITTLE, and i was entertained, and the characters w ...more
Ann Marie
Jan 03, 2008 Ann Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women, 25-75 years old, Knitters
Recommended to Ann by: Mom
Shelves: chic-lit
My mother recommended this book so I picked it up at the airport on my way home from New Years. Since I'm trying to pick the hobby of knitting back up, I thought it was appropriate. At first I wasn't a fan of the book, Jacob's writing initially choppy and unsophisticated, I almost put it down. Since I was stuck on a plane, I didn't, and I'm so glad. I quickly fell in love with the characters, suddenly they became my own little hodge-podge group of friends and I was jealous of their "Friday Night ...more
Paige
I really enjoyed this one. Even got a little teary at the end. There is one sequence in Scotland I felt dragged but overall an entertaining read.
Synesthesia (SPIDERS!)
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Rachel
"Now that I learned about this foreshadowing thing, I'm going to use it in all my stories!" That was the title of a story about John Grisham on the satirical news website The Onion, and I kept thinking of it as I read this book. Everything about it just seemed so amatuerish - the symbolism, the knitting metaphor, the foreshadowing, the corny, heavy-handed life lessons from wise older women, etc.
And, as several people on this site pointed out, there were so many events in the book that were not
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Lisa Topp
Mar 26, 2008 Lisa Topp rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Michelle
The style in this book started out really rough. I had read reviews about her short sentences, and the reviews were right on. Writing style is always one thing that kills my enthusiasm for a book. But, good news, it did improve as the story developed, and I was a bit intrigued by the characters. However, the author chose to delve into the lives of too many characters, and some of it worked (Anita) and some didn't (Lucy ... so did the father ever find out? What did her parent's say?) As much as I ...more
Suzette
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the little nuggets of wisdom throughout, the concept of creating things to bring completeness to life and relationships, the friendship, the sisterhood. I need to go knit something now.
Kimberly
I remember why I never read chick lit: bad writing, predictable characters, and a melodramatic ending.
Olga
Today I bring you a wonderful book that kept me reading late into the night and even got me to cry on a couple of occasions.
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
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Christine
I find it hard to give this book more than 3 stars.

One reason I find it hard to give this book more than three stars is that the secondary characters seemed a bit flat. They were not fleshed out as they could be. What we did see was interesting, and left me wanting to know more. I am on the fence about whether to read the sequel, but the idea that I may learn more about them is pushing me towards deciding to pick it up on my next trip to the library.

The second is that the book was a bit on the
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Leslie
Not unlike The Shop around the Corner in the movie You’ve Got Mail, only with yarn instead of books, Walker and Daughter is a cute, little knitting shop hidden in the deep recess’s of New York City’s Upper West Side, run by single mom Georgia and her twelve-year-old daughter Dakota. It’s a place where a potential sale is never denied, where the door is never fully shut until well after closing time and the last straggler has had a moment to muse and ponder over the choice of wool or cotton. A pl ...more
Katherine
This was gifted to me as I love to read and knit and I decided to give it a read since I hadn't ever tried out "chick lit". This book presents the reader with a series of characters (women of varying ages), and a series of conflicts that each woman is going through. Some of them are resolved, some of them can't be. I am not sure if there is an underlying message, but what I found "good" about this book was that at times I found myself very interested in how things were going to pan out for every ...more
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Kate Jacobs is the New York Times-bestselling author of Comfort Food, Knit Two, and The Friday Night Knitting Club, which has over 1 million copies in print.

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
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