Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club

When I saw Gil McNeil's book, The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club at the library last week, I checked it out thinking it would be a predictable book.

But it was not predictable. The title is misleading, in that this is not the typical ladies' knit group story. Instead it's about a woman, Jo, whose husband announces one day that he's divorcing her and starting up with another woman. Before Jo has time to break the news to her two young sons or anyone else, her husband is killed in a car accident. Jo's financial state requires her to make changes, so she sells her house, moves to a seaside town where her grandmother lives, buys an old house and takes over her grandmother's wool shop.

The rest of the book is about Jo and her sons learning to live a different life than the one they were accustomed to, making new friends, understanding how to cope with and flourish in the new family dynamics caused by the death of her husband.

There isn't much knitting and not a lot of yarn, but there is a good story.



Anonymous vanessa said...

This is the sort of book I would enjoy, I'm going to make a note of it's title and author. Thanks for the review, I always think it's nice to have a personal recommendation.
Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

3:59 AM  
Anonymous Margot said...

I saw your review listed on SemiColon and came to check it out. I love to knit also and thought this might be another good "knit shop" story. It may not be the norm but it sounds like an excellent alternative. I envy your ability to give a good review in a few paragraphs.

10:40 AM  

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