Friday Night Knitting Club

Kate Jacobs, Author . Putnam $22.95 (345p) ISBN 978-0-399-15409-6

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.)

Reviewed on: 10/16/2006
Release date: 02/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
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