Books to curl up with: a librarian's musings

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Warm from the oven

The goal of the novel Friendship Bread by Gee is a warm fuzzy feeling and she succeeds. I almost didn't read it as it has a glowing comment from Kate Jacobs on the cover and we all know how I feel about her Friday Night Knitting book. Friendship Bread is set in the small town of Avalon near Chicago, but not so near as to ruin it's small town feel. Gee explores the lives of several women, who are all working through a tragedy or heartbreak. Julia Evart is the first person to get friendship bread and a bag of starter. The thing with friendship bread is that it multiples and you need people to give starter to at the end of ten days. So the starter goes from house to house and the act of baking and connecting changes these women's lives. (recipes at the end.) FB is a quick and pleasant read. Just needed a slice of bread to eat with it.


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