Do you like a good traditional pound cake recipe and inspired Southern cuisine?
Do you like a novel with Southern charm (and that Southern Gothic element as well)?
What about a good quirky character ensemble?
Susan Rebecca White's novel, A Place at the Table, combines all of these elements. The novel's prologue describes a disturbing scene in Emancipation, North Carolina during the late 20s, but the bulk of the novel takes place during the 1980s in Georgia, Connecticut and New York City. How does a character from an era of lynchings and fear intertwine with more modern characters trying to make their way in NYC? You will enjoy finding out the answer and following the three main characters of Alice, Bobby, and Amelia as they all make their way to find peace with themselves and the world around them.
White combines elements of Southern traditions and mores with all the good and bad that these customs hold. With inspired cuisine and accounts of the deeply personal struggles and trials of the characters, White held me captive as I waited to see if Bobby would recover from all of his losses, if Alice would ever reveal what really happened in Emancipation and if Amelia would ever realize what else life had to offer her. Gus and Meemaw are lovable characters that are oft quoted for their wise (and humorous) ways (especially in the first half of the novel).