By Robin Sloan
4 out of 5 stars
Lois is an software engineer at a robotics firm in San Francisco. She goes to work everyday. She has the “Slurry” like her co-workers. (Slurry is some kind of liquid food.) She goes home at night to her little apartment. It is all the same routine until a flyer appears at her door one night. It advertises spicy soup and bread. That’s it. Lois calls and with that call, her life changes. There is something about that soup and bread that seems to light a spark in her. When the brothers, who were just cooking out of their apartment, move away, they leave her the magical sourdough starter and this changes her life forever.
I don’t know how to explain this book. It has a lot going on. From the the magic of the starter to the joy of baking, the bread and starter have a life of their very own. I loved how Lois changed throughout the story. Her analytical mind took her beyond baking to the science of the oven or the way music made the starter bloom. I also loved that this was set in the bay area because that is where I am from and it highlighted it beautifully. I loved when I knew exactly where they were talking about. It is written with such perfect detail and I swear sometimes I could actually smell that starter bubbling with it’s hint of banana or the bread baking and popping out warm from the oven. I also loved the different chapters between Lois and Beo, one of the brothers. We were able to see how everything is really connected and the history of the starter. It is a great story of self discovery. Now if you will excuse me, I think I need some bread and butter.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux in exchange for an honest review.