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Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home
Trail of Crumbs Hunger Love and the Search for Home Author:Kim Sunée, Kim Sunée At a South Korean marketplace, three-year-old Kim Sunee's mother deposits her on a bench with a fistful of food and a promise to return. Three days later, a policeman takes the little girl and what is now a fistful of crumbs to a police station, where she learns that her mother isn't coming back. From here, her extraordinary life journey begins.... more » Adopted by a young New Orleans couple, Kim spends her youth as one of only two Asian children in her entire school and church. At the age of 21, she becomes involved with a famous French businessman, and suddenly finds herself living in France, mistress over his houses and stepmother to his eight-year-old daughter. But despite this glamorous lifestyle, Kim feels like an outsider, and it is in food and cooking that she finds solace and a sense of place.« less
whippoorwill reviewed Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home on
Helpful Score: 2
Lately, I've been inexplicably drawn to foodie books in all their incarnations. It makes little sense to me, really. I don't cook. I'm a picky eater. I hate grocery shopping. Nevertheless, I've picked up quite a few of the books in the past months. Some I've loved . Some, however, I've been slightly ambivalent towards. Unfortunately, Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee falls into the latter category.
Trail of Crumbs is a chronicle of Kim Sunee's twenties living abroad, focusing primarily on her stay in Provence and Paris as the girlfriend of a rich French businessman. Much of the memoir revolves around food and the concept of home and how the two are almost always linked---from her grandfather's gumbo in her childhood New Orleans, to the fresh air markets of France near her home with her lover, to the street vendor food in the Korea in which she was born and abandoned.
All the ingredients for a great memoir are here- tragedy, romance, drama, the hope for redemption. Unfortunately, I found Sunee slightly unsympathetic which made reading and caring about her life quite difficult. I am sure this says more about me than I'd care to admit, but, it was near impossible for me to muster much sympathy for a 22 year old woman living in the lap of luxury in a charming French village with her incredibly wealthy lover. At times, I struggled to find the motivation to finish the book.
But, finish it I did, a fact I owe almost entirely to the quality of Sunee's writing. The food parts are descriptive and highly readable. The writing is fluid without being flowery, and kept me reading long after my initial interest had waned.
Angela W. reviewed Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home on
Helpful Score: 1
I felt this was well written, the food parts were really captivating, but, like others reviewers, I felt no sympathy for the young woman. She seems to have little to no regard for her adoptive family, little appreciation for the fact that she was basically able to live in France without actually working, using other people's money and adoration of her. she pretty much left me cold
Wandering tale of an adopted Korean girl, now a young woman......long story of her confusion over how to grow into herself....but this is a long book that meanders and ends rather abrubtly. Glad I read it but not a favorite.