Tuesday, June 4, 2013
"A Place At The Table" by Susan Rebecca White
Arguably, "A Place at the Table" is one of this summer's best reads.
It's a story about love, a story about pain, a story about lies, a story about race, a story about relationships and a story about food.
Food, the common thread throughout the book which in the author's wonderful way connects the characters in a way that nothing else could.
To say this book is "deliciously delightful" is true. But, there were many scenes which caused me to literally break down in tears. I couldn't stop reading it.
Author, Susan Rebecca White brings all the pieces of the puzzle together with a surprise ending that I did not see coming.
I would love to see it adapted to the screen.
"Celebrating the healing power of food and the magic of New York City, A Place at the Table follows the lives of three seekers who come together in the understanding that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole. A Place at the Table tells the story of three unforgettable characters whose paths converge in a storied Manhattan café: Bobby, a young gay man from Georgia who has been ostracized by his family; Amelia, a wealthy Connecticut woman whose life is upended when a family secret comes to light; and Alice, an African-American chef from North Carolina whose heritage is the basis of a renowned cookbook but whose past is a mystery to those who know her. These characters are exiles—from homeland, from marriage, from family. While they all find companionship and careers through cooking, they hunger for the deeper nourishment of communion. As the narrative sweeps from a freed-slave settlement in 1920s North Carolina to Manhattan during the deadly AIDS epidemic of the 1980s to the well-heeled hamlet of contemporary Old Greenwich, Connecticut, Bobby, Amelia, and Alice are asked to sacrifice everything they ever knew or cared about to find authenticity and fulfillment."
In stores and online now.
at 9:44 PM