The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue Author:Barbara Samuel Trudy Marino never expected her life to turn out perfectly. But at forty-six, she was content with what she did have: her caring husband Rick . . . twenty-plus happy years raising three accomplished kids . . . and a lovely house in the artistic, vibrantly diverse town of Pueblo, New Mexico. But a heartbreaking discovery and a suddenly shattered ... more »marriage now has Trudy looking back on the choices she didn’t make—and where she might go from here.
Struggling to pick up the pieces, Trudy finds support from a quirky, eclectic group of friends and neighbors—her goddesses of Kitchen Avenue—all of whom are trying in their own unique ways to navigate life’s little surprises. There’s Jade, a fiery social worker who’s finding unexpected strength to deal with her “player” ex-husband, thanks to a most unorthodox passion; Jade’s grandmother, Roberta, who has just lost her husband of sixty-two years—and through memory and piercing grief wonders what to do with the rest of her life; Shannelle, Trudy’s young neighbor and an aspiring writer, determined to realize her talent despite formidable obstacles . . . including the husband who’s afraid her success will be his loss; and Angel, a young, quietly-knowing photographer who makes Trudy uncover a sensuality she never knew—even as he tries to get over the one love he can never really forget.
As Trudy faces her future, she discovers that figuring out what to let go and what to keep is just as difficult as moving on. As she weighs what she and Rick still share against new possibilities, she’ll surprise everyone— including herself—as she tries to reconcile the best of both.
From an acclaimed voice in fiction, this is a wry, beguiling, heartfelt, and warmly wise novel about second chances, unexpected choices, and the dreams that we all hunger to fulfill.« less
I had a really hard time with the women in this story. It would have been nice if one of them actually had some fire or even anger. But no, they were just depressingly pathetic doormats(And maybe too similar?). I couldn't sympathize with them at all. Out of all the characters, I ended up liking Shannelle the most because she did things. Actually, that wasn't true. I think I liked Annie the best. At least she spoke her mind and had a little spirit. But seriously 1/3 through the book I was alternating between killing myself or throwing the book against the wall with frustration. And when the "good" parts happen, they weren't that great.
I actually thought the writing flowed very poorly. It was very slow at some points and jumped around in others. I have read one of Samuel's short story and was intrigued enough to search out one of her novel. But now I'm not sure that was such a good idea. This one was a drag for me.
After I got into this I really liked the way the author treated the subject of divorce and being widowed. All the women realize their dreams and each have a different story. Really nice book for women.