September 1, 2006
September 1, 2006
When you're in your late twenties and nothing in your life seems to be falling into place, knitting is an awfully seductive way to spend your free time. After all, as long as you're following the instructions, you can knit row after row with the knowledge that the pattern will emerge and you'll end up with just what you wanted. Life, on the other hand, doesn't come with a stitch counter, so Kathleen, Sari, and Lucy, the heroines of KNITTING UNDER THE INFLUENCE, just have to figure things out as they go along.
Their weekly Sunday knitting circle is the only thing holding them together as Kathleen is cut off financially by her family and forced to enter `the real world' for the very first time at the age of twenty-seven, Sari finds herself falling for the man who made her life a living hell in high school but who now desperately needs her help, and Lucy finds herself torn between emotion and reason when her lab and her boyfriend are assailed by an animal-rights group.
At their club meetings, they discuss the really important questions: how bad is it, really, to marry for money if you like the guy a lot anyway? Can you ever forgive someone for something truly atrocious that they've done? Is it better to be unhappily coupled than happily alone? And the little ones: Can you wear a bra with a hand-knit tube top? Is it ever acceptable to knit something for a boyfriend? And why do your stitches become lopsided after your second martini?
In Claire LaZebnik's hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking novel, Sari, Lucy, and Kathleen's lives intersect, overlap, unravel, and come back together-the result is an utterly satisfying read.
Claire Scovell Lazebnik's story of an L.A knitting circle concerns three 20-something women who gather each Sunday to hash out their troubles over a little knit-purl. Far from grandmotherly, this is the modern girl's knitting klatch--boy troubles abound and cocktails are swilled. There is Lucy, whose relationship with her handsome scientist boyfriend is thrown into chaos when he comes under fire from animal activists. Meanwhile, Kathleen has spent years living off her TV-star twin sisters, and has finally set out to build a life of her own--one without a cleaning lady and caterers. Then there is Sari, a devoted counselor at a clinic for autistic children. When the former hot-shot from her high school brings in his autistic son for treatment, she can't help but feel attracted to him, despite the memory of how he once tormented her younger brother. While KNITTING UNDER the INFLUENCE can at times feel as warm and fuzzy as a ball of cashmere yarn, Lazebnik keeps it clicking with a lot of fast-paced dialogue and the varied escapades of her colorful characters.
- Online Item #: 11998564
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-1928
- ISBN: 9780446697958
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported