Thursday, April 11, 2013

From the Kitchen of Half Truth


From the Kitchen of Half Truth
Author: Maria Goodin
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: April, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4022-7948-5

Book Description:
Infused with the delicious warmth of Chocolat and the captivating feeling of School of Essential Ingredients, From the Kitchen of Half Truth is the warm, tender story of Meg, whose cooking-obsessed mother has always regaled her with fantastical memories of their lives that can't possibly be true. As sickness threatens to bury her mother's secrets forever, Meg decides she must know the truth-but no matter how hard she tries, Meg can't convince her mother to reveal a thing. As the two spend one last summer together, savoring cooking lessons, Meg explores the power of the stories we tell ourselves in order to create the lives we want.

Idgie Says:
Poor Meg grows up and realizes she doesn't have a single real clue about her past and life. Her mother has told so many whopper stories over the years - stories that are bits of nonsense, yet fun, that Meg "remembers" them as truth.

She has a boyfriend who is mortified every time she brings one of her "memories" out in front of others, and a mother who she cannot get one morsel of truth out of.  Then the hammer falls when she discovers her mother is dying.  She totally fears being left in the complete dark when she goes - alone in the world with no real memories.   So begins her quest to find out who she is and where she really came from.

In the end you find that there was a real reason her mother made up those stories and kept the truth from Meg, but the intense search and interesting people along the way are the true meat of the story. 

There are both silly and sad tales in the book and a nice, lightly biting wit surrounding it all that make it an enjoyable novel to sit down and spend time with. 


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