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The Friday Night Knitting Club | [Kate Jacobs]

The Friday Night Knitting Club

Walker & Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club is the ad hoc creation of some of Georgia's regulars, who stroll into the shop looking for tips on knitting and end up finding much, much more. Once a week, they gather to work on their latest projects and to chat - and occasionally clash - over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.
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Publisher's Summary

Walker & Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club is the ad hoc creation of some of Georgia's regulars, who stroll into the shop looking for tips on knitting and end up finding much, much more. Once a week, they gather to work on their latest projects and to chat - and occasionally clash - over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.

However, unexpected changes soon throw these women's lives into disarray, and the shop's comfortable world gets shaken up like a snow globe. When the unthinkable happens, they realize what they've created - not just a knitting club, but a sisterhood.

©2007 Kathleen Jacobs; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Nominee, 2008 Audie Award, Fiction

"Kate Jacobs' breezy first novel reads like Steel Magnolias set in Manhattan." (USA Today)
"[P]oignant twists propel the plot and help the pacing find a pleasant rhythm." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Heather Redmond, WA, USA 05-24-08
    Heather Redmond, WA, USA 05-24-08
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    "Mindless Fiction"

    The book is fairly well-written even if the characters are a bit predictable. It's an easy, vacation read. However, the narrator kept getting in the way as I was listening to it. She does fine with the main character's voice, but many of the others are annoying. James, Perry and the Scottish Granny are all horrible. Having said that, I would recommend the actual book to a friend, but not necessarily the audiobook.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Imran Riaz 11-17-07
    Imran Riaz 11-17-07 Member Since 2005
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    "huh?"

    I have never written a book review, but I felt compelled to do so after listening to this book. I often felt like I had missed a chapter or something as the story did not flow. I listen to my books when I am driving and found myself 'rewinding' to see what I had missed, which turned out to be nothing, it just didn't make sense.The ending just "happened,"--it seemed as if the author was paid to write x amount of words and had to shove in the final part.

    I agree with the others who did not like the narrator; she seemed to stereotype the characters in an unflattering manner.

    Last but not least, I have to say that I was not really interested in the fate of any of the characters. That to me, is the sign of a terrible story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tewkesbee Washington state 07-04-08
    Tewkesbee Washington state 07-04-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Charming story"

    A delightful story - especially listening to it as an audio book. The narrator is perfect for the story. At times, it seemed that the story will follow along stereotypical lines, but it swerved away from that. Charming.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Roseville, CA, United States 05-24-08
    Monica Roseville, CA, United States 05-24-08
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    "Monica"

    I was hesitant to listen to this book due to the reviews. I had a friend recommend it so I decided to give it a try. I am happy to say,I did enjoy the book. I think that everyone can find a character that they relate to. I felt the author showed well that a persons life is all they choose to make of it, and that even though you may be different from someone, if you give them a chance you may find a friend.
    I actually have become interested in knitting!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    April L. Dorris Chattanooga, TN 07-11-07
    April L. Dorris Chattanooga, TN 07-11-07 Member Since 2007

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    "great book"

    I loved this book. What the narration lacked, the story line more than made up for.

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    Lucia Madison, CT, USA 08-28-09
    Lucia Madison, CT, USA 08-28-09
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    "Steel Magnolias with Yarn"

    If you liked Steel Magnolias you will love this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Norfolk, VA, USA 08-09-09
    Emily Norfolk, VA, USA 08-09-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Predictable"

    I liked how knitting was "knitted" into the story. Other than that, this novel, was entirely cliche, unimaginative and seemed to have a politically-correct agenda. I think every ethnic group was incorporated into the characters right up to the hispanic oncologist Ramirez. I found myself getting impatient for this book to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne M. McGowan 03-12-09
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    "Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed this book, though I found some of the characters were a little annoying. It's a nice light book, and I really respected that the author did not end it in a trite predictable way (you'll have to listen to find out what happens)! Some of the characters are really interesting and are dealing with issues that a lot of women face.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S new york, NY, United States 04-22-08
    S new york, NY, United States 04-22-08
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    "so so....wouldn't purchase again."

    The dialogue in the story was really cheesy and i agree with another reviewer that the black, male voice was laughable. I cringed at the ending and how unnaturally it unfolded.

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    Karen Silver Spring, MD, USA 02-01-08
    Karen Silver Spring, MD, USA 02-01-08
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    "light and entertaining"

    I have not completed the book, but thus far I am enjoying the story. The narrator's black male voice is laughable. If I were an educated black male,I'd be insulted. It would have been more appropriate to attempt a generic male voice. She also does a poor imitation of a West Indian accent. When I first heard it, I was not sure. what it was.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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