Kate Jacobs left her native Canada to earn a graduate degree at New York University - and made her home in Manhattan for a decade, where she worked at Redbook, Working Woman, Family Life and LifetimeTV.com. Currently she lives in Southern California with her husband. To find out more about her novels, visit Kate s website at www.katejacobsbooks.com
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.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Entertaining and full of heart - Australian Women's WeeklyThis is a purler of a read and I kid you not, Julia Roberts has already been cast to star in the film version. - The AgeThe members of the Friday night knitting club are just as varied as the wool that is sold in the store. - Daily AdvertiserLaugh, cry and be embraced - Woman's DayReading this is like being wrapped in Cashmere - Sun Herald