Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer Review

Title: Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots
Author: Jessica Soffer
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A tale of food, family, and love, Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots is one of those rare stories that leaves the reader feeling satisfied, and above all, hopeful--a marvelous debut!

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Lorca is desperate for any sort of attention from her distracted, distant, icy mother. So desperate, in fact, that she turns to desperate measures. Lost and alone, she signs up for Iraqi cooking classes. In doing so, she meets the lonely, recently widowed Victoria, the woman unmoored by her own losses and secrets. Brought together by a passionate bond of food, the two women, young and old, but in real need of love and friendship, realize that in opening up to each other, they just might have a chance at redemption.. If they let themselves have it.

What I enjoyed:
-The breathtaking, tender, sometimes brutal prose, peppered with exquisite descriptions of various dishes
-The pacing of this novel was also very good--it made it impossible to put down
-The dual point of view of both Lorca and Victoria, two women who are more alike than they realize, looking for love and redemption, often in the wrong places--both of them were very human and it was easy to feel for them, to love them--almost to the point of pain
-Lorca, the poor little girl who wants nothing more than a distracted mother's love and approval, sparingly given in tiny amounts--I really hurt for her
-Lorca's father
-Victoria, the poor, bitter old woman trying to run from her own mistakes, and finding redemption in her relationship to Lorca
-Joseph, Victoria's late husband, all too human himself--I wish we could've heard more about him
-Blot
-The ending--it was perfect, and did justice to them both

What could've been better:
-I did not like Lorca's mother
-Aunt Lou
-Dottie
-All three of these characters made it very hard to read at some points
-The self-harm in the novel was brutal and disturbing--at times it really hurt me and I felt myself in tears

I loved Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots--simply wonderful! Highly recommended for foodies! Next on deck: The Beast of Callaire by Saruuh Kelsey!

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