It seems like Kate Jacobs was going for something in The Friday Night Knitting Club that she never achieves. The book begins by focusing on the life and work of Georgia Walker, owner of New York City yarn shop Walker & Daughter, who is raising a bi-racial daughter on her own after being abandoned 12 years earlier by her child's father. The story theoretically was designed to explore the experiences and emotions of several women who work at or are regulars in the shop and to show how the bonds formed through the Friday Night Knitting Club eventually help them learn to face their fears, open their hearts, rely on one another and, of course, knit. This is a noble, if not common, goal, but Jacobs only manages to tell a series of disjointed life stories that never succeeded in making me care much about any of the characters or sense an abiding connection between them. There's some warmth in the book and there are some funny moments (I was kind of enamored with the airheaded, self-absorbed Cat Phillips, who is a bit of a caricature). Overall, I didn't feel like I wasted the hours spent reading it, but it won't stay on my shelf to be re-read, either.
This is a good book, some say hard to put down. I found it a tad over mushy in parts. The characters are all women who have come together happenstance. As they help each other they discover their strengths and together get through their ordeals. The male characters are all non entities and weak. Very pro tough woman.
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