7 December, 2022

Book Endings We’d Like to Change

The Friday Night Knitting Club
By Kate Jacobs

I would change the conclusions of every book that ends tragically. I don’t like it when a main character I’ve fallen in love with dies on the last page. I don’t like sad endings. Sure, in real life, tragic events happen all the time. People die. But I don’t want to read about it. That’s why we call it fiction – it’s not real life. Surely in make believe land, we can smile when closing a book for the last time. Yes, I know, every story must have conflict, or we wouldn’t read it. So it’s okay to kill off some supporting characters. Just not the hero or heroine who, over the course of several thousand words, has become my best friend.

One novel where I would absolutely change the ending is the story, The Friday Night Knitting Club, by Kate Jacobs. I didn’t expect to like this book, as I have no interest in yarn, but on recommendation from a friend, I picked it up and couldn’t put it down. That’s because the story isn’t about knitting – it’s about relationships.

With the help of close friends and competent employees, single mom Georgia Walker runs a knitting shop in New York City. Her life isn’t easy, operating a small business and raising a daughter. But it’s not a bad life. She keeps busy and enjoys her friendships. Just when Georgia begins to find more happiness, when she and Dakota’s father reunite, bam, she is diagnosed with cancer. Okay. It’s conflict. It keeps the pages turning. She could fight it and win, right? After a long battle that strengthens all those relationships in the story, she could go into remission, right? Yes, that’s how I would end the story.

I do recommend this book. It’s a good story. But like I said, I don’t like sad endings.

-Angie Dilmore


  • TS Tate

    Tee received a Master of Arts in English in 2008 from Southeastern Louisiana University. She has studied under Edgar nominee Tim Gautreaux, Booksense Pick novelist Bev Marshall and Clarion West graduate and World Fantasy nominee, Cat Rambo. She has more than ten years of documentation and editing experience and is currently the Editor-in-Chief at LitStack.com.   She has spent the past nine years in the corporate environment as a Technical Editor and has previously edited for Christine Rose, Phoebe North, Heather McCorkle, Laura Pauling, Anne Riley, Christine Fonseca and UF writer Carolyn Crane. With Heather McCorkle, Tee co-founded the #WritersRoad chat on Twitter.  In addition, she is working on several creative projects, including her second novel and various short stories. Her flash fiction, "Street Noises," was included in the Pill Hill Press anthology "Daily Frights 2012: 366 Days of Dark Flash Fiction (Leap Year Edition)" and her short "Til Hunt Be Done," was included in the Winter Wonders anthology from Compass Press.  A diehard New Orleans Saints fan, Tee lives with her family in Southeast Louisiana.

3 thoughts on “Book Endings We’d Like to Change

  1. I think that for me, it would be The Time Traveler's Wife. In case someone hasn't read it, I won't say what I would change…but I suspect most who've read it know what I would change.

  2. I would change that one too, aliceisforever.
    And I totally agree with "IT". I was GLUED to that book (except that night a friend decided to raise a balloon right outside my bedroom window) and when I came to the end, I was poised for something equally dramatic and spellbinding and I got — a spider???? Pah-lu-heeze.

  3. On Friday Night Knitting Club–It was a total letdown when the protagonist kicked the bucket. Didn't even bother to read the others in the series.

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