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

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  66,435 Ratings  ·  8,217 Reviews
The New York Times bestselling sensation that's "Steel Magnolias set in Manhattan" (USA Today) 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, mu ...more
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Published June 1st 2007 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 2006)
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La Petite Américaine
Dec 09, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lifetime for Women
Shelves: sucked, rants
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Jul 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 07, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 06, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Dec 25, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Mar 18, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Dawn Michelle
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
I'm sorry, but that's all that it turned out to be. Just "Meh..."
I liked the blurb of the book and expected really nice, emotional and character driven story....
The first quarter of the book was not too bad and looked like the story was going to develop and get going. But instead it went more and more downhill.
Petty rivalry, boring, flat characters, nothing really exciting.
I had to force myself to finish it. And "finish" is rather an exaggerated term. I flicked through the pages, trying
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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:

Does this skill have validity for the moder
Jan 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who appreciate the attraction of a regular craft group.
Shelves: 2008, audio, 2017
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 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
Feb 08, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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
Debbie Zapata
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dar
This is not the type of book I usually read. I tend to stay away from both bestsellers and chick lit. But my Mom has taken up knitting again recently and when I saw this book at the library sale shelves I thought it might be fun to give it a go and then let Mom have it. Besides, at fifty cents, the price was right!

The front cover had a line that said the book was like Steel Magnolias only set in Manhattan. So I was prepared for someone to die and someone to be born and at least one quick-witted,
Spider the Doof Warrior
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Dec 13, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ann Marie
Jan 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2009
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,
Sep 20, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 15, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I remember why I never read chick lit: bad writing, predictable characters, and a melodramatic ending.
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"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
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017

Wow, really surprised by the 1 and 2 star ratings and negative reviews. I for one found this book to be incredibly beautiful and I really liked the author's writing style.

I know how to crochet, a little, but this book has me wanting to learn how to knit and if there was a group to join like the one in 'The Friday Night Knitting Club' I'd be there in a heartbeat. Georgia Walker is the owner of Walker and Daughter, a yarn shop, and she looks forward to her knitting group every Friday night. I love
Lisa Topp
Mar 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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
Deidre(Dee) ~ Official Bookworm ~
A story about people who met on a Friday night, just wasn’t really interesting to me. So I basically dnfed it! But not to say, that it wouldn’t be enjoyable to other more creative people.
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