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Date finished: September 20, 2017

Rating: ★★★★

Sourdough, Robin Sloan

Sourdough is the book I pick up when I want to feel cozy and inspired — it warms the soul in the way only the best culinary fiction can. I loved Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, but I enjoyed this one even more than the author’s debut.

Lois Clary, the novel’s protagonist, is a relatable, interesting, slightly lost character that feels closer to the men from whom she orders takeout every night than she does to anyone else. When they leave town, the brothers gift her a sourdough starter that puts her on an unexpected path to abandon her life as a software engineer in favor of focusing on food and new friends.

There are many aspects of a more traditional women’s fiction novel, but Sloan throws in a characteristic fusion with technology (and a bit of magical realism) that makes this more interesting for a slightly younger crowd. I also learned a fair bit about baking and sourdough, which was unexpected but really enjoyable.

Overall a quick, funny, feel-good read. Definitely recommend.

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