The Friday Night Knitting Club - Kate Jacobs

"The Friday Night Knitting Club" is about an unlikely group of friends, ranging in age from 12 to 72, who all meet at Georgia Walker's yarn shop. From Georgia's daughter, Dakota, to the well-to-do older woman, Anita, who provided a loan to make the store possible, all of the characters are well-drawn.

There are subplots involving women's studies researcher Darwin and her long-distance husband, Georgia's ex, James, who suddenly returns after 12 years and wants to get to know his daughter ... and the attendant challenges that come with interethnic relationships, and a whole lot more.

The cover tag-line said that fans of Steel Magnolias would like this, and it's easy to see why. The ladies gather at Walker and Daughter once a week for goodies, gossip and a little knitting ... and, in the process, sort out their lives and help one another through challenges of life, love and health.

I don't want to deliver spoilers with regard to the last item, but there is more than one health challenge in the tale, and those are the times when the Knitting Club really seems to rally the most around their friends.

I enjoyed the book tremendously and would highly recommend it to fans of literary fiction.