When I checked out this book from the library, I was expecting a frothy tale about a group of women living in New York who frequent a wool shop. It started off with the usual trappings of a novel written for a primarily female audience, a group of female characters with varying levels of self-awareness who pursue positive change both personally and professionally. The story revolves around Georgia Walker, the owner of a wool shop affectionately named Walker & Daughter. She is a feisty single mother whose business and parenting savvy has not translated to her love life. There is a large cast of supporting characters including Darwin, the clueless academic, Lucie, the pregnant filmmaker, and Anita, Georgia's fairy godmother and mentor.
The plot speeds up when Cat Phillips, Georgia's ex-best friend arrives on the scene, causing both women to question themselves. Cat's wealth drives the self-made Georgia crazy even after she commissions Georgia to knit a one-of-a-kind gown. Georgia's self-sufficiency brings out feelings of inadequacy in Cat, who remains married to a jerk out of fear of the unknown. This relationship is at the heart of the book and remains that way until the story takes a twist. A twist which took me to an emotional place that I didn't expect to go, not with this book. I will not reveal what happens, but needless to say it threw me for a loop. It dredged up a lot of issues that I had thought that I dealt with and I had a very hard time finishing the book. I think that the book is well-written and that my purely emotional response is to blame, rather than the writer.
Overall the book has been a good, if emotionally draining, reading experience. As a knitter, I related on a deep level to the calming effect of the clacking of the needles and the sureness of the wool. Sometimes having a project to complete and something to do with my idle hands is the only thing that stands between me and total insanity. In life you rarely get do-overs, but with knitting you can always rip out your work and start again a little wiser.