“One of the First Hits of the Year”?

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Today’s “Inside Buzz” column in USA Today hails the newly released trade paperback edition of The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs, now #20 on their list (up from #110 last week) as “one of the first hits of the new year.” They attribute the popularity to book clubs and a movie version, starring Julia Roberts, scheduled to release in June.

USA Today likens Knitting Club to other books that have had much greater success in trade paper than in hardcover — like Eat, Pray, Love and Memory Keeper’s Daughter. You may want to consider adding more before the deluge.

The book is not yet on the NYT list.

2 Responses to ““One of the First Hits of the Year”?”

  1. Lesa Holstine Says:

    I’ll be interested to see if this book really succeeds with book clubs. It hasn’t had great success here. One of our librarians read it for consideration, and wasn’t impressed.

  2. kaitestover Says:

    I wasn’t taken with it either. This kind of story has been done before and better by Elizabeth Berg, Ann Hood and Luanne Rice. The characters were too cliched and the setting–a small knitting shop in a tony Manhattan neighborhood–was too fanciful to buy into.