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Overview Two things unite the ladies at Sweetgum Christian Church: their love of knitting and their passion for books. Librarian Eugenie invites Hannah--an angry teenager--to join their circle. Will Hannah's unique perspective bring fresh energy to their meetings or unravel the group?
Publishers Description Sometimes life has to unravel before you can knit it together... On the third Friday of each month, Eugenie, Ruth, Esther, Merry, and Camille meet at the Sweetgum Christian Church to enjoy the two things that connect them: a love of knitting and a passion for books. Their camaraderie remains unthreatened until Eugenie, the town librarian, introduces an angry teenager into their midst. Eugenie also gives them a new reading list: the classic novels of girlhood that young Hannah has never read. "Little Women. Pollyanna. Heidi. "Books that remind the women of the hopes and dreams they have lost along the way. With each click of their needles, the ladies of the Knit Lit Society unravel their secrets: A shadow from Eugenie's past haunts the controlled order of her life. Merry's perfect little family is growing again-but will she continue to feel her identity slip away? Camille dreams of leaving town but is bound by ties of love. And the sisters, Ruth and Esther, must confront a lie they have lived with for over thirty years. As Hannah is reluctantly stitched into their lives, the women discover the possibility that even in sleepy Sweetgum, Tennessee, they can still be the heroines of their own stories.
From Publishers Weekly Take five knitters, put them in a book club, expand it to include a rebellious teen and youve got this agreeable yarn by Pattillo. Eugenie Pierce is a 60-something tough love librarian in Sweetgum, Tenn. who finds the neglected 13-year-old Hannah Simmons tearing out pages of a library book. In reparation, Hannah must attend Eugenies Knit Lit Society at Sweetgum Christian Church. Pattillo offers a mlange of additional characters: Merry McGavin is an overwhelmed mother; single gal Ruthie Allen is 55 and at odds with her sister, Esther Jackson; Camille St. Clair is a 24-year-old committed to caring for her terminally ill mother. All five women harbor secrets that Hannahs presence in the group will prompt them to reveal. Though the plot can be predictable, the story grows smoothly in Pattillos competent hands. As each womans situation comes to a crisis point, the tension never escalates past a gentle simmer. Pattillo, a Rita Award-winning writer author (Heavens to Betsy) creates a sweet story of redemption that will go down well with knitters as well as the knitting-challenged. (May) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society: A Novel (Sweetgum Ladies) by Beth Pattillo has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 05/01/2008 page 63
Library Journal - 04/01/2008 page 70
CBA Retailers - 05/01/2008 page 46
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 8" Height: 5.25" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 20, 2008
Publisher WaterBrook Press
Series Sweetgum Ladies
ISBN 1400073944 ISBN13 9781400073948
Availability 0 units.
More About Beth Pattillo
Beth Pattillo is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who has served congregations in Missouri and Tennessee. She developed Faith Leader while an associate minister at Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville, and it has guided hundreds of participants to define, design, and implement the ministries to which God has called them.
Beth Pattillo currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society: A Novel?
Knitting and Reading With Secrets Apr 27, 2010
I have been getting in a knitting craze lately. Not actual knitting mind you (I can't even thread a needle to save my life) but reading about it in books. I've found that a lot of books use knitting as a way to tie together a group of women and tell their stories. The knitting metaphor is used as a way to combine them all together, otherwise separate they just unravel and get destroyed.
This book features six different female characters - all at different stages in their life. Even though they meet once a month for knitting, reading, and fellowship they all have secrets that they are keeping from each other. Some of the secrets are small, while others will destroy relationships. I found Ruth and Esther's stories fascinating as they deal with a woman who is love with a man who loves her back, but is married to her sister who only wants him for status and money. The whole plot line revolving around them was very intriguing as it was a story that had gone on for years and involved betrayal, deceit and misunderstood intentions. Connected loosely to that tale is Camille's story which involves a secret affair where there can never be true happiness. The other stories are woven together beautifully as well. The only thing I was a bit annoyed at was Merry's daughter and how she treated Hannah. I just got annoyed with her throughout the book. I know that Merry was going through her own problems but I was dismayed that she took forever to notice what was going on between the two girls.
I was a bit worried that some of the stories would end up with cliched story lines but was pleasantly surprised at the unexpected resolutions. This book is not your typical Christian fiction book. Not all the characters are Christian. In fact, even with subtle mentions of faith and church issues, this book is comparable to general market women's contemporary fiction. The characters are intriguing and their stories keep you drawn in. I also love books that feature book clubs and it was fun reading about all the great children's classics. I wish I could be a part of the group, except that I would probably have to get someone to knit my stuff for me or just learn really fast. I couldn't put the book down and am eager to read about the group's next adventures, both in reading and knitting.
such a fun and cozy read Dec 23, 2009
I enjoyed this book. It is a great choice for knitters and knitters to be!! Characters are so real...I would love to have them over one Friday nite
Nothing stellar. A promising story that fell flat Jul 27, 2009
I've seen many good reviews of this book, and nearly every one praises it. I received the second book as an ARC and figured I should read this one first. It's a nice story: a group of women get together once a month to talk about the latest book and knit. Sounds lovely. Predictably, each woman has a crisis of some sort in her life and by the end of the story, everything has worked out.
While the characters are probably true to life, I didn't really find them likeable: Esther and Eugenie are downright prickly. There wasn't really anything that drew me to any one of them. The chapters alternate telling each story and showing what happens at the latest meeting. The friendship aspect was really lacking. Other than getting together once a month, these women really had nothing in common and little contact outside the Knit Lit Society.
I did appreciate how the author tried to tie in each month's book with what was going on in these women's lives: especially choosing childhood classics to help Hannah, the young teenager they reluctantly all adopt into their circle.
I'll read the sequel and hope I find it more enjoyable than this one. Light Christian, but unfortunately there was nothing stellar about it. A promising story that fell flat. Many other people enjoyed it more than I did, so you will find a lot of good reviews out there, too.
EXCELLENT BOOK FOR ALL AGES Jun 18, 2009
I HAVE READ BOTH BOOKS ABOUT THE KNIT LIT LADIES OF SWEETGUM AND HOPE THERE IS A SEQUEL. THE BOOKS EXPLORE LOVE, DISAPPOINTMENTS IN LIFE, SURVIVAL AND OVERCOMING RACIST OPINIONS. LOVE DOES NOT CONQUER ALL BUT IT HELPS. LOVE AND MONEY BOTH ARE KEYS TO SURVIVAL BUT THESE LADIES HAVE A STRONG SPIRIT OF SISTERHOOD AND OVERCOME LOSS OF LOVE, RENEWAL OF OLD LOVES, NEW LOVE, MONEY LOSSES AND THE LOVE OF A SMALL TOWN WHITE LADY AND THE BLACK FOOTBALL HERO RETURNED TO THE SMALL TOWN. I HOPE TO LEARN WHAT HAPPENS IN THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE QUIET, PLAIN MARIA AND THE RICH CITY LAWYER. DOES CAMILLE FIND THAT LEAVING SWEETGUM FOR THE OUTSIDE WORLD IS NOT ALL THAT SHE DREAMED AND DOES SHE COME HOME TO THE LOVE OF HER LIFE. THE BOOKS ARE TASTEFULLY WRITTEN, AND WOULD MAKE GOOD READING FOR TEENS ALSO SINCE IT ALSO DEALS WITH THE CLIQUES IN HIGH SCHOOLS. GOOD CLEAN READING FOR EVERYONE.
Knitting for a story Apr 26, 2009
I found the story solid, yet lacking at the same time. Each character had her own tale to tell but none were done with significant depth. There were also few surprises in the story, though many characters lives were intertwined in many ways. I liked the story and will read the sequel, but it is not a Wow book.
There are many books with groups of women coming together for a purpose, such as a knitting group or book club. This book combines both interests and does a good job of tying the knitting projects into the book theme. I enjoyed that element very much. What I missed was each character's greater depth and introspection that I have seen in other books. Overall an easy read.