Sunday, June 2, 2024

Our June/July Pick: Family Tree


 Oh boy!  We're into Summer already!  And, time for a new pick at Cook the Books Club.  It's Family Tree, by Susan Wiggs.  As I mentioned when the initial announcement was made for our upcoming selections, I hadn't read this book for quite awhile.  I knew it was a great read, and had put it on my list of book possibilities for Cook The Books Club.  Now I'm looking forward to re-reading this novel with you all.

Thus we'll go with the the Publishers to sum things up: 

"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a powerful, emotionally complex story of love, loss, the pain of the past--and the promise of the future. Sometimes the greatest dream starts with the smallest element. A single cell, joining with another. And then dividing. And just like that, the world changes. Annie Harlow knows how lucky she is. The producer of a popular television cooking show, she loves her handsome husband and the beautiful Los Angeles home they share. And now, she's pregnant with their first child. But in an instant, her life is shattered. And when Annie awakes from a yearlong coma, she discovers that time isn't the only thing she's lost. 

Grieving and wounded, Annie retreats to her old family home in Switchback, Vermont, a maple farm generations old. There, surrounded by her free-spirited brother, their divorced mother, and four young nieces and nephews, Annie slowly emerges into a world she left behind years ago: the town where she grew up, the people she knew before, the high-school boyfriend turned judge. And with the discovery of a cookbook her grandmother wrote in the distant past, Annie unearths an age-old mystery that might prove the salvation of the family farm. Family Tree is the story of one woman's triumph over betrayal, and how she eventually comes to terms with her past. It is the story of joys unrealized and opportunities regained. Complex, clear-eyed and big-hearted, funny, sad, and wise, it is a novel to cherish and to remember."

So, we've got all the bases tagged here, food, good writing and an engaging storyline.  I hope you will join the party.  If you're new, we read the book selection, cook up something inspired by our reading and post about it.  Please share your link here in the comments below.  

Claudia, 

6 comments:

Simona Carini said...

I'm looking forward to reading this novel: thank you, Claudia :)

Unknown said...

This sounds good! On the wait list for the e-book at the library.

Marg said...

Here's my post for this month!

http://www.theintrepidreader.com/2024/06/weekend-cookingcook-books-family-tree.html

Amy said...

Thanks for hosting!

https://www.amyscookingadventures.com/2024/06/grandmas-oatmeal-raisin-cookies.html

Claudia said...

Thanks for your contributions Marg and Amy. Amy, I'm sorry, but I find it impossible to comment on your posts. I sign in with Google but it doesn't seem to help. Anyway that Ham and Spinach Soufflé looked fabulous! And you have inspired me to make one soon.

Claudia said...

My post is now up! Loved this book, even the second time around. http://honeyfromrock.blogspot.com/2024/07/frosted-maple-bars-for-family-tree.html