- Publisher: Affirm Press
- Published: 27 December 2022
- Paperback: 306 pages
My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Meredith established the Copeton Crochet Collective (no knitters please) because it would be like having friends, only with her in charge, and because there would be no men. It comes as a nasty shock then when Luke, the handsome grandson of no-nonsense Edith, decides to stay and learn to crochet. Claire joins to escape her relentless children and Yasmin so that someone might ask her who she likes on Masterchef instead of asking the same five questions about her hijab.
When plans for a new mosque wake the sleepy town, Copeton is stirred and Islamophobia bubbles to the surface. The Crochet Collective becomes the Craft Resistance, and this motley crew of fibre-arts enthusiasts begins to battle racism and bigotry with colour and creativity.
But will the fragile threads of community be enough to bind them when more than one member has something to hide?
As a debut novel, you would expect to see a couple of bumps, maybe a few potholes in the storyline, but this book is woven intricately, like quilting bee’s finished product. Oh, but Kate’s character Meredith wouldn’t be happy with me comparing her crochet circle to a quilting bee!
While this book talks about social injustices and racism, it’s also about how judgement plays a strong role in society. I see the realities of Australian society written in like I’m watching the nightly news, where all you hear about is the hatred and violence, rather than the feel-good stories that make communities strong. If only Kate’s story would be our reality. Maybe it is? Maybe there are communities like this. But that old adage of ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ always seems to win over. Imagine how much better the world would be if we heard more stories about ‘Craft Resistance’ groups in the world. Maybe Kate’s book is the start of an idea… It had me thinking more along those lines.
But the characters – and how they connect together – is brilliantly done. We all know the socially awkward person, and possibly one with a shady past. We know the mum with a bunch of kids who has no time for herself, and the older woman losing her friends to the realities of aging. How Kate brings these characters together, with their intentions, flaws and insecurities, is what had me turning page after page, unable to put it down.
Kate has definitely inspired me to pick up my own long-abandoned craft project and enjoy the magic of creating something by hand again.
A fantastic debut novel from Kate Solly. She brings these characters together, with their intentions, flaws and insecurities, in what had me turning page after page, unable to put it down.
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