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From the Kitchen of Half Truth

Goodin, Maria (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Infused with the delicious warmth of Chocolat and the captivating feeling of School of Essential Ingredients. If your mother can't seem to tell the truth... how true is your life? Meg May doesn't know what's true. And she needs to find out. Imaginative and free-spirited, Meg's mother created a life out of stories. Outlandish stories, really, the kind you can'tpossibly believe-unless your mother won't tell you anything else about your past. After all, how do you argue with someone who tells you that a spaghetti plant sprouted on your first birthday, that you used to take hot dogs for a walk, or that your father died in a tragic pastry-mixing accident? But as charming as those stories are, they aren't enough for Meg anymore. When her mother becomes ill, Meg decides she has to know the truth. As the two spend one last summer together, Meg can't convince her mother to reveal a thing about who they used to be-or who they are now. A delicious debut, full of warmth and quirky humor, From the Kitchen of Half Trut h explores the stories we tell ourselves and others in order to create the lives we want. From the Kitchen of Half Truth , which won the Derby Short Story Competition, is Maria Goodin's first novel. "Beautifully conveyed... delicate and magical. Happy to recommend this book!"-Marilyn Lustig, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA "From the Kitchen of Half Truth depicts a complicated mother-daughter relationship that anyone can appreciate."-Jessilyn Norcross, McLean and Eaken Booksellers, Peroskey, MI
Authors: Goodin, Maria
Title: From the kitchen of half truth
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks Landmark,, 2013.
Characteristics: 342 pages ;,21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Local Note: 1 2 4 6 8 14
ISBN: 1402279485
9781402279485
Statement of Responsibility: Maria Goodin
Subject Headings: Cooking Fiction. Family secrets Fiction. Mothers and daughters Fiction.
Topical Term: Cooking
Family secrets
Mothers and daughters
LCCN: 2013001388
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Apr 28, 2014
  • dprodrig rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This story is a bit simplistic in its design. A crazy mother whose stories are not grounded in reality and full of imagery raises a daughter, who in self-defense, is 100% logical and grounded in the here and now. What happens though, as the truth of mother's stories start coming to light? It's a whimsical story which seeks to understand a great sadness which broke her mother's connection to reality, and explains her other eccentricities. What I don't buy is the romance that develops, yes dumping the first guy is all well and good, but to engage with someone else right away, makes this story less potent than it could have been.

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