A Place at the Table A Novel Author:Susan Rebecca White Celebrating the healing power of food and the magic of New York City, A Place at the Table follows the lives of three seekers who come together in the understanding that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole. A Place at the Table tells the story of three unforgettable characters whose paths converge in a storied M... more »anhattan café: Bobby, a young gay man from Georgia who has been ostracized by his family; Amelia, a wealthy Connecticut woman whose life is upended when a family secret comes to light; and Alice, an African-American chef from North Carolina whose heritage is the basis of a renowned cookbook but whose past is a mystery to those who know her. These characters are exiles?from homeland, from marriage, from family. While they all find companionship and careers through cooking, they hunger for the deeper nourishment of communion. As the narrative sweeps from a freed-slave settlement in 1920s North Carolina to Manhattan during the deadly AIDS epidemic of the 1980s to the well-heeled hamlet of contemporary Old Greenwich, Connecticut, Bobby, Amelia, and Alice are asked to sacrifice everything they ever knew or cared about to find authenticity and fulfillment.
Susan Rebecca White?s first two novels were hailed for the beauty of her writing, her wit, her compassion for her characters, and her sharp insights into their inner lives. A Place at the Table announces the maturity of her talents and reveals her wise and open heart.« less
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This is a beautifully written book. The problem for me was the pacing. Three individually interesting stories eventually intertwine to reveal connections between the characters. However, these connections come a bit late. I would have preferred a longer book in which all three stories are more fleshed out, or for the stories to come together sooner. As it was, the ending felt somewhat abrupt.
Otherwise this is a pleasant read, and is sure to appeal to fans of food-related stories.
I loved this book. It just made me feel good as I was reading. I loved the people, the setting's, the era's and gradual progression of time. It was a happy & sad read, both being balanced out by the other. It was about dreams accomplished, friendships, love, honesty & faith in oneself. I found this a beautiful read.