The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf A Novel Author:Kathryn Davis THE GIRL WHO TROD ON A LOAF immerses us in the lives of two women in a small upstate New York town-a single mother of twin daughters who waits tables (despite her privileged background) and the elderly Danish composer who she brefriends. At the heart of their peculiar friendship is a Hans Christian Andersen tale (the subject of the composer's fi... more »nal opera) about a prideful girl who is damned for using a loaf of bread, intended as a gift for her parents, as a stepping stone.« less
Well, this is one of the weirdest and also most fascinating books I've ever read. You become immersed into a dream-like state when reading it - you have to just let the author take you along. It's excellently written, but somewhat difficult. If you understand music, this novel will be much more enjoyable for you.
In a nutshell: The (female) friend of a (female) elderly Danish composer inherits the composer's last and unfinished work , and by trying to finish the opera, finds out about her older friend's life.