>> Jun 18, 2013
I reviewed A Place at the Table: A Novel, by Susan Rebecca White, for Nudge.
Although I often tire of books with alternating narrators, I appreciate a well-crafted novel with intertwining storylines. There are plenty of books like this, but too many share a frustrating feature: unlikeable characters. It might sound like a petty issue, but why would I bother reading about someone I don’t like? Author Susan Rebecca White circumvented this by creating an ensemble cast of completely enjoyable characters for A Place at the Table: A Novel.Read my complete review of A Place at the Table on Nudge.
We meet Alice as a child living in the south and see racism through her eyes when she discusses having to enter stores through a back entrance to buy cast-off items and when she and her brother come across the body of someone who has been lynched. When we see her again, much later in her life, she’s living in New York City enjoying some prestige for being the founding chef of Café Andrews.