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The Friday Night Knitting Club (Friday Night Knitting Club Novels) Hardcover – January 18, 2007

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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.)
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Georgia Walker's entire life is wrapped up in running her knitting store, Walker and Daughter, and caring for her 12-year-old daughter, Dakota. With the help of Anita, a lively widow in her seventies, Georgia starts the Friday Night Knitting Club, which draws loyal customers and a few oddballs. Darwin Chiu, a feminist grad student, believes knitting is downright old-fashioned, but she's drawn to the club as her young marriage threatens to unravel. Lucie, 42, a television producer, is about to become a mother for the first time--without a man in her life. Brash book editor KC finds her career has stalled unexpectedly, while brilliant Peri works at Walker and Daughter by day and designs handbags at night. Georgia gets her own taste of upheaval when Dakota's father reappears, hoping for a second chance. The yarn picks up steam as it draws to a conclusion, and an unexpected tragedy makes it impossible to put down. Jacobs' winning first novel is bound to have appeal among book clubs. Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Series: Friday Night Knitting Club Novels
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (January 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399154094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399154096
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (506 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kate Jacobs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Friday Night Knitting Club, Knit Two, Knit the Season, and Comfort Food. She telephones hundreds of book clubs each year to discuss her novels with readers and can be reached via her website at
Born in Canada, Kate now lives in Southern California with her husband Jon and their dog Baxter.

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112 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Loves Books in MD VINE VOICE on August 6, 2007
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I enjoyed this book so much that I'm rather taken aback at how divided the reviews are. I found the book to be like a blanket, warm and cozy and something you want to curl up in. I don't knit, but the references to the wool and the process made it seem very inviting.

The characters were diverse - of varying ages, walks of life and economic circumstances - and written so vividly that I began to cast them as if for a TV show. Overall, the book is about love and friendship and finding ourselves, with the store and knitting being the central theme that brings most of the characters together.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was sad to see it come to a conclusion, ending my connection with the colorful and enjoyable characters. Like some of the other reviewers, I would have liked a different ending because I'd grown attached to everyone, but I did see it coming and the author did tie it all together well.

My biggest disappointment in the book was discovering it's Kate Jacob's first and now I'll have to wait for the next one.
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155 of 177 people found the following review helpful By Michelaneous by Michele on March 9, 2007
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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 trying to knit a sweater. This was like the waste of expensive yarn, a piece crafted with a big idea and little talent.

The writing isn't bad, but I wouldn't describe this effort as "well-written." It's average at best, lacking originality or memorable prose, and I felt it was littered with clichés and contrived dialog. As for story, it's primarily character-driven with focus on the main character, Georgia Walker, a single mother who owns a yarn shop/knitting business on the upper west side of Manhattan. The club consists of her daughter Dakota, a bi-racial 12-year-old, who flits in and out of the club with baked goods and entrepreneurial ambitions, and is as charming and annoying as any 12-year old; a widow named Anita who is Georgia's "mentor;" an "academic" named Darwin (who annoys everyone in the club as well as this reader); a 40-year-old single woman (who I believe works on a documentary about the knitting club) who fools a date into getting her pregnant; an aspiring purse designer and part-time worker in the shop; a woman in her mid-40s hoping to get into law school; and probably the most entertaining character, Georgia's childhood friend Cat (nee Cathy) who is an uptown socialite on the verge of divorce. When she's on the page, at least there's some conflict you can sink your teeth into.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 19, 2008
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I hate to leave a bad review for a book - particularly a first novel, but I had to speak out about this book. The premise of this book was promising and I certainly wasn't looking for an intellectual read, but this book had some of the worst writing I have ever seen. Since when did the excessive use of parentheses become acceptable in a novel? Using them in emails or casual writings might be okay, but they were extremely distracting in this book and, to me, represented sloppy and lazy writing.

The characters were extremely shallow, unrealistic, and simply not likeable. What converted James from an insensitive cad to a model boyfriend/father 12 years after he abandoned Georgia and her daughter? What in the world attracted a wealthy widow with children and grandchildren to this single mother? And why, after knowing the deli guy for years, did Anita all of a sudden agree to go to dinner with him and then, a few pages later, move in with him?

Silly plot, sillier characters, horrible writing. All in all, an awful book. Save your money.
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147 of 173 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on March 23, 2008
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I read this novel while stuck in an airport during a long, long layover. On the positive side, it passed the time. The negative list is much longer. The characters were never developed and the minor ones seemed like they were drawn from a checklist. Senior citizen, check. Mixed race character, check. Asian character, check. Rich unhappy character, check. The book has the feel of a Lifetime movie, "Brave single mother raises daughter and then ... tragedy strikes." Been done many times before and much, much better
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A G on February 1, 2008
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I have been reading some of the reviews on this book. I must say, I agree 200% with everyone that says the character development in this book is REALLY lacking. I also think that some of the more emotional points in the story are completely left out. Let me explain.

If you are pregnant and suddenly abandoned by your lover, what would you do? If it were me, I would hate that person FOREVER. I realize that many people are quite forgiving, but not me. Also, Georgia is described as being such a feisty woman, but I just do not see that in her. If it were me, I would have put James through his paces. I would have made that man go the extra mile to gain my love.

This is the problem that outlines everything that is a little off about this first effort from Jacobs. The characters are just NOT deep enough. I do not see them as real people. I see many of the characters and the scenarios being described here as reminiscient as a fairy tale land. I have been to New York - food, rent, the basic cost of living - it just IS NOT cheap. It is expensive and rough. Its not an easy city to live in if you are poor. So, I am to believe that a 24 year old girl who likes to knit creates some lifesaving business off of a knitting hobby with help from some nice older benefactor? WHATEVER. I live in the real world, and this crap just does not happen.

I was deeply dismayed by Georgia's demise. It is really not set up well. The entire book seems to be built on a foundation of "no worries, all will be okay" and then the main "heroine" just conks out. Death and disease are a part of life. It is sad and unfortunate, but there you have it.
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