My latest metro book is a water-stained paperback copy of Kate Jacobs’ The Friday Night Knitting Club. I acquired it in the same way that I’ve collected many of my possessions here in Moscow – it’s a hand-me-down from a fellow expat, moving out of Russia, and trying to fit all their worldly possessions into a space-limited shipping container.
The book is a good read. I’m not much of a knitter, but really enjoyed the strong personality descriptions (especially of women), and the NYC vignettes.
Here’s a few sentences I really liked about one of the knitting club members. I recognize the big-city girl personality descriptions.
She was a born-and-bred New Yorker, all tough cookie outside and surprisingly soft center. She respected a person who could match her brash personality – the cabbie who talked back, for example, or the woman elbowing her on the way to the sale bin – but at the same time, K.C. knew just when to reach out, as she did when Georgia was new to the city and being buffeted around. -Kate Jacobs
Being able to juggle harsh city behavior, and still hang on to inner joy and kindness is a trait I really admire. It’s definitely a line I’m still striving to walk…