my take: We had a lively and long discussion at book chicks … and enjoyed a particularly wonderful lemon cake. Much of the discussion was on the subject of parental favorites. A current topic, as it was recently on the cover of Time, and something we could all relate to as children & parents.
With such a title, you can imagine some found the book particularly sad. I thought the narrator had a darkly humorous and slightly hopeful tone … but maybe I read that into it. To me, it has a tone similar to Jeannette Walls in The Glass Castle… a weird childhood told in an optimistic manner.
Some at book chicks thought the author strayed too far from reality. I say, it’s fiction – we suspend beliefs when we open a book. But that makes for a read that isn’t necessarily “get lost into” fiction … we are aware that it’s not real when characters have special powers.
One aspect I particularly enjoyed was the commentary on modern food production … through the narrator’s taste buds the coldness of factory made food or the plight of fruit pickers is brought to the table.
my source: Book Chicks
my verdict: good read, great discussion. something out of the ordinary.
I think this is a book that probably benefits quite a bit from discussion – there's a lot going on with the family dynamics, emotions, food production issues, magical kind of elements, etc. I read it on my own and enjoyed, but your discussion topics make it seem more interesting than I had originally thought…
yes – that is the benefit of sharing a book … especially over good food (thanks, patty!), good cake (thanks, hubby!) and a few glasses of wine.
I just finished this idiosyncratic story. I agree with Anne, it's a novel for discussion (and wine and food of course). Glad I read it but I'll be careful about recommending it, it won't be everyone's cup to tea.