Review of The Friday Night Knitting Club

A charming and moving novel about female friendship and the experiences that knit us together-even when we least expect it.

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-and occasionally clash-over their stories of 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. Thank goodness for Anita, her mentor and dear friend, and the rest of the members of the knitting club-who are just as varied as the skeins of yarn in the shop's bins. There's Peri, a prelaw student turned handbag designer; Darwin, a somewhat aloof feminist grad student; and Lucie, a petite, quiet woman who's harboring some secrets of her own.

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. Cat, a former friend from high school, returns to New York as a rich Park Avenue wife and uneasily renews her old bond with Georgia. Meanwhile, Anita must confront her growing (and reciprocated) feelings for Marty, the kind neighborhood deli owner. And when the unthinkable happens, they realize what they've created: not just a knitting club, but a sisterhood
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The Friday Night Knitting Club has been on my TBR forever, and since one of the categories on the Popsugar Reading Challenge was reading something on the bottom of your TBR. I downloaded the audiobook from the library. It was read by Carrington MacDuffie and was 12 hours, 39 minutes long.
 
  • I had no idea where the story was going to go when it started. I am not a knitter and this book was recommended by a lady at work, so I was a little worried I would not enjoy it. But then the story was intriguing, the characters were so unique and everyone had a story to tell.
  • The characters were all connected by one woman, Georgia Walker. Georgia owned a yarn shop and haphazardly started a knitting club almost by accident. Each of the women in the story were so completely different and would not come together in any other way.
  • The story is raw and real. Each woman is going through something in life, hiding themselves and opening up only when they feel comfortable. Georgia, the main character, tries to be so strong when she is actually a bit broken. She was raising her daughter on her own after her boyfriend left her when she got pregnant. She loved him and was hurt, still hurt even after all these years. Suddenly he comes back in her life, wants a relationship with her daughter and possibly even herself. It would be a lot as a single mother and business owner.
  • Georgia's daughter was awesome. She was smart and funny, innocent and open to the world around her. I think she had to be my favorite character in the story.
 
  • I do not want to spoil anything, but there was a main storyline between Georgia and her baby daddy that was a great plot and climax. It felt complete the way it was, but then all the sudden there was a swing and a completely new plot. I just felt a little blindsided and like the part of the story didn't get as much effort as the beginning.
 
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4 comments

  1. This sounds like such a clever story Missie! I hadn't heard of it before, but your review has definitely piqued my interest a bit. Definitely going to have to consider it now. Thanks for sharing and, as always, wonderful review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

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  2. I own a copy of this book since the past year lol I should pick it up sometime soon, the premise is engaging! Happy to hear you enjoyed it :) <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  3. lol - this has been on the bottom of my TBR since it came out but maybe I should bump it up!
    Great review!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  4. Oh, I love raw and real stories. Thanks for sharing!:)

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