Walker and Daughter is Georgia Walker”s little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club was started by some of Georgia’s regulars, who gather once a week to work on their latest projects and to chat about love, life, and everything in between. Georgia has her hands full, juggling the demands of running the store and raising her spunky teen daughter, Dakota, by herself. However, unexpected changes soon throw these women’s lives into disarray, and the shop’s comfortable world gets shaken up like a snow globe. James, Georgia’s ex, decides that he wants to play a larger role in Dakota’s life-and possibly Georgia’s as well.
Jacobs’ book reminded me quite a bit of “Steel Magnolias” — a group of friends creating their own sisterhood amidst (spoiler alert) a battle against cancer. But these characters aren’t very original; they’re lives aren’t very original. Truth be told, I liked Lucie and Darwin — their relationship together, the people they are apart — but if I decide to read the sequel, Knit Two, they will be the only reason why because the rest of characters are stilted and unrealistic. Dakota is not twelve, but rather she is described like she’s ten. And what was the point of Cat/Cathy? I would have kicked her to the curb the moment she paid me for the dress I knitted for her.
I disliked how Jacobs used sentence fragments. Short, choppy fragments don’t emphasis points; they frustrate me, annoy me. I didn’t like how only a handful of development would occur because Jacobs was too busy flashing back so the reader could learn about her characters’ pasts. Except, I learned more about the characters in the present narrative then through the flashbacks, and the flashbacks slow down the entire plot.
The use of cancer completely solidified how much I didn’t like this book, especially how unrealistic Georgia telling Anita, James, and Dakota and their respective reactions seemed. Cancer is a scary topic — I was only a year older than Dakota when my mother was diagnosed — but there was nothing new or original about cancer in The Friday Night Knitting Club. Instead, it was a cheap blow and a staple of chick-lit.
Other than Darwin and Lucie, the only thing about this book I actually liked was the fact that it inspired me to pick up those knitting needles I long ago abandoned.
- Jacobs, Kate. Knit Two. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008. Print. 320 pgs. ISBN: 9780399155833. Source: Library.
- Jacobs, Kate. The Friday Night Knitting Club. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007. Print. 345 pgs. ISBN: 9780399154096. Source: Library.