This Tuesday, we met and discussed the Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. I think the book was well-liked by all; however, some of us had different feelings about the ending. There were those of us who felt that Georgia's death was necessary, because without it the book would have been too "Happy Ending." Other members were saddened by Georgia's departure. We all wonder whether or not Jacobs' inclusion of the crazy Julia Roberts Fan was a little too convenient. We all know by now that Julia Roberts is playing Georgia in the movie, and found it suspicious that Julia Roberts' name is dropped in the book. Even more problematic is the fact that the episode regarding Roberts does nothing to further the plot.
This book is great read. It's easy to get into, it tells a story, and the characters are, for the most part, likable. Some of us thought that the story line was too unreal to buy into. Myself, I always have a hard time with the plot line that sees divorced or separated parents getting back together. It's not reflective of real life. However, I suppose that's why they call it fiction. I realize that there are those who can get beyond this and enjoy the story for what is. James (after he comes around) is terribly romantic, and Georgia's long-lost best friend is a blessing of sorts. But Darwin is my kind of character. Flawed and tough, closed off and guarded, Darwin is real. I appreciated her presence in the story, because without her, this novel would have been a little too sweet.
Not only did we discuss the book, but we also discussed the upcoming film version. Who should play whom? Hahaha, while opinions differed on this one, I'd like to give a special mention to Paddy's suggestion: that Bobby Lee play Darwin. Yes he is a man, but he plays a women oh-so-well! We also considered Margaret Cho and Sandra Oh.
Sue brought a new member along, and so did Vanessa. We decided to meet at the same location in October because we were treated like bookclub royalty! Trish suggested that we read some of the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers for our Dec/Jan meeting (taking place in Jan). We should all think about what we might want to read that for January. I am open to reading Meyers as I just bought the first book, but we still have time to discuss other options!
Can't wait to see you all this October, when we discuss Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.
Lastly, a very special congratulations goes out to Lynne. How amazingly wonderful for you and your family!