The Dog Doesn’t Die

Book reviews & random thoughts

Does the Dog Die? A Brief Review of The Friday Night Knitting Club, by Kate Jacobs

I am almost embarrassed to admit that I liked this book. It’s sentimental, formulaic, and unrealistic. But it’s sentimental without being mawkish, it’s formulaic without being completely predictable (see Sophie Kinsella for that), and it’s unrealistic without being silly. So yeah, I liked it. In fact, I loved it. And I’m going to recommend it to my book group on my next turn to suggest, though I hope we end up choosing Letter from Point Clear, which I reviewed below.

This book is entirely SAFE for animal lovers, because aside from a fleeting mention of nameless cats, there are no animals in it. Instead, it’s about women, with a few men tossed in for dramatic tension. In the story, the Friday Night Knitting Club meets at Walker and Daughter, a New York City yarn store owned by Georgia Walker. Georgia is a single mother and a pillar of strength, but not an annoyingly perfect pillar of strength. In fact, she’s pretty interesting and hasn’t had the easiest life, but she’s kind and generous and open. While she isn’t happy about the circumstances that left her to raise her daughter, Dakota, alone, she’s managed pretty well, in large part thanks to her friend, Anita. Anita can be described in much the same way as Georgia, except she’s had an easier life (money always helps), and she’s older. Anyway, there’s lot of friendship and female bonding and working out of problems and growth, with some sadness and joy at the end. The reviewers who compared it to Steel Magnolias were right. Except Steel Magnolias annoyed me, and this book didn’t. If you want a pleasant diversion that has more substance than the usual chick lit brain candy, this is the book you want to read. Enjoy!

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August 2, 2008 - Posted by | Book Reviews, cats | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. “Instead, it’s about women, with a few men tossed in for dramatic tension.” As life often is, HEH! I loved that sentence.

    Comment by Terri | August 2, 2008 | Reply


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