Knitting Under the Influence

Knitting Under the Influence

by Claire LaZebnik
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Overview

Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LaZebnik

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446550178
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 570,724
File size: 413 KB

About the Author

Claire LaZebnik is a published novelist and non-fiction writer. She lives with her husband and four children in Pacific Palisades, California.

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Knitting Under the Influence 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Her fairly successful actress twin sisters allow Kathleen Winters to live off of them until she opened her mouth to a reporter while drinking. Angry at her, they toss her out for revealing family secrets that hurt their careers. --- Animal rights activists assault research scientist Lucy Cameron for her lab¿s practices. The protests lead to Lucy pondering whether she is doing the right thing at work and with her sanctimonious boyfriend. --- Sari Hill works at an autism clinic. She has doubts about helping a particular patient when the man who bullied her brother in high school arrives with autistic son. --- These three friends discuss right from wrong as each knits a special item of clothing knowing deep in their respective souls that life is the SAME AS IT NEVER WAS. --- This deep character study uses knitting as a powerful metaphor on life with the end products representing the personalities of the trio as well as the path one step (stitch) at a time to get there. The key to this strong tale is that the threesome seems genuine whether they knit, indulge in sex or cuddle a kitten as they discuss their relationships, their troubles, and their aspirations. KUI is the complete package thanks to the complex female membership and a story line that enables readers to hear the clicking of the needles. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I love how the author can make you connect to three different heroines all at the same time. I was so anxious to get to the next part of the book that I stayed up all night reading it through in one sitting...then I read it again just to make sure that I didn't miss something. I LOVED IT!
Beth1671 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book thinking it would be a really easy, fun read. Yes, it was easy, but it was so predictable that it was completely boring and lost my interest quickly. I LOVE a great "girlfriends" book, but this was over the top and WAY too long for the story it told. I ended up skimming about the last 75 pages that didn't need to be there. I would not recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters were very flat and predictable. Not impressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book about some misfit girls and their crazy shenanigans... I laughed and cried, and I read it over and over.
a_frequent_traveler More than 1 year ago
This starts off really slowly and I nearly gave up on it, but since I'd already purchased it, I gave it a shot. The story jumps back and forth between the three main characters, following the ups and downs in their various relationships. I wouldn't really suggest to anyone that they buy this book, but if you already have it, stick with it. It's not a complete waste of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took a while to get into the story. It flips between the perspective of each of the main characters, which at first was a bit of a drag and a little hard to follow. About a third of the way into it, I was hooked. I finished the rest of the book that same day.
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I could get past the second chapter. The character kathleen was so obnoxious that i couldn't maintain enough interest to make it any further into the book.
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Emmsteroni More than 1 year ago
You would think that a book with 'knitting' in the title would have more knitting in the story line. Sadly, there was not a lot of knitting in this book, almost as if it were an afterthought during editing in hopes to draw in more potential readers. That being said, if you are looking for a light, fun, romantic chick book, then this would be a suitable choice.
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csingh More than 1 year ago
This book has been on my to be read list for a while and I can't understand why, because Claire LaZebnik has never failed to deliver anything less than an amazing book. I love how cute the title of the book is. It is apt and applies to the women in the story, Kathleen, Sari, and Lucy are best friends and knitting buddies. Each has a different personality and traits, but are always there for each other. It's a great story of camaraderie, knitting, and finding love along with what you are truly looking for. You definitely will not regret picking this one up.
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There is a little more to this story than just a light romance, but it still stays on the lighter 'fun' side of knitlit. Sort of a Sex and the City for knitters
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Jessica Sparbeck More than 1 year ago
I loved it.
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