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The Friday night knitting club, Kate Jacobs

Label
The Friday night knitting club
Title
The Friday night knitting club
Statement of responsibility
Kate Jacobs
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Gathering for their weekly knitting club at a small yarn shop on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a group of friends shares such challenges as raising children, navigating the ups and downs of their careers, and pursuing uncertain relationships
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Review
  • Georgia Walkers 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 shes 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 Dakotas 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 (Reviewed 11-15-2006) (Booklist, vol 103, number 6, p28)
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed October 16, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 41, p30)
  • A Steel Magnolias for the 21st-century set in a New York City knitting shop. Debut novelist Jacobs capitalizes on last year's hot knitting trend with this laughs-and-tears women's novel. Georgia Walker, a single mother in her gorgeous late 30s, runs a specialty knitting shop in midtown Manhattan. Every Friday, a quirky group of women gathers at the shop for food, gossip and tips. The novel follows the threads of their criss-crossing lives—more or less. Its true focus is Georgia's romance, past and possibly present, with Dakota's father James, a handsome, charming, successful black architect who has reappeared on the scene after a 12-year absence. (Jacobs touches on race—Georgia is white—but it serves as little more than an exotic grace note in an otherwise standard romance plot.) The novel's most successful stretch takes place in Scotland, far away from the knitting shop and the club, when Georgia visits her wisdom-dispensing grandmother with her 12-year-old daughter Dakota and her spoiled, ex-socialite best friend in tow. Jacobs seems all too aware of her book's niche market potential. Readers are encouraged to visit a website devoted to the book for knitting tips and patterns. The female cast is likeable, but Jacobs pushes hard the idea of knitting as a metaphor for life, which thickens the novel's syrupy Lifetime Channel melodrama until it congeals into a bizarre ending. (Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2006)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
151182
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1973-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jacobs, Kate
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • PR9199.4.J336
  • PS3610.A356437
LC item number
  • F75 2007
  • F7 2007
Literary form
fiction
NLM call number
Jacobs, K.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Friday night knitting club novel
Series volume
1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Female friendship
  • Knitters (Persons)
  • Knitting
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Knitting
  • Female friendship
  • Knitters (Persons)
  • Knitting
  • Mothers and daughters
  • New York (State)
Label
The Friday night knitting club, Kate Jacobs
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm76074340
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
345 pages
Isbn
9780425219096
Lccn
2006037337
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780399154096
System control number
  • (OCoLC)76074340
  • (Sirsi) a310776
Label
The Friday night knitting club, Kate Jacobs
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm76074340
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
345 pages
Isbn
9780425219096
Lccn
2006037337
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780399154096
System control number
  • (OCoLC)76074340
  • (Sirsi) a310776

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