From the Jacket: It is at Walters
restaurant that the visiting governor of New Mexico tastes
Greenies coconut cake and decides to woo her away from the city
to be his chef. For reasons both ambitious and desperate, she
acceptsand finds herself heading west without her husband. This
impulsive decision will change the course of several lives
within and beyond Greenies orbit. Alan, alone in New York, must
face down his demons; Walter, eager for platonic distraction,
takes in his teenage nephew. Yet Walter cannot steer clear of
love trouble, and despite his enforced solitude, Alan is still
surrounded by women: his powerful sister, an old flame, and an
animal lover named Saga, who grapples with demons all her own.
Comment: If Julia Glass had limited her second novel to just the central story of patisserie owner, Greenie, and her psychologist husband, Alan, she would not have held my interest; but like Anthony Trollope (or for that matter, his granddaughter, Joanna), Glass's strength is in the way she weaves the threads of many people's stories into a colorful quilt that shows family life in all its shapes and sizes. If you're in the market for a story to warm the cockles of your heart, this might well be it.
This review was originally published in June 2006, and has been updated for the June 2007 paperback release. Click here to go to this issue.
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