Sunday, May 18, 2014

ARC review: A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):

A Place at the Table tells the story of three richly nuanced characters whose paths converge in a chic Manhattan café: Bobby, a gay Southern boy who has been ostracized by his family; Amelia, a wealthy Connecticut woman whose life is upended when a family secret finally comes to light; and Alice, an African-American chef whose heritage is the basis of a famous cookbook but whose past is a mystery to those who know her.

As it sweeps from a freed-slave settlement in 1920s North Carolina to the Manhattan of the deadly AIDs epidemic of the 1980s to today’s wealthy suburbs, A Place at the Table celebrates the healing power of food and the magic of New York as three seekers come together in the understanding that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Touchstone for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review***

This insomniac' review:

This novel was an eloquently, richly told story of three characters from deeply different backgrounds whose stories are incredibly different and, yet, altogether the same.

Susan Rebecca White wove the stories together impeccable and beautifully. All of the characters were well fleshed out and distinct. I devoured the novel as I lounged in my lawn chair in the sun, which seemed incredibly appropriate setting in which to read a novel that lazily unraveled itself like a summer's day.

I have to say that the ending disappointed me, but I cannot give a reason why. I just know that I was fully vested in the novel until the end, when I felt a brief, dull sting of disappointment.

Worth staying up all night to read?


Rating: 3.5 stars

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