For the audience that made Commencement a New York Times best seller comes a novel about women making their way in the world.
Self-doubting Ruth is coddled by her immigrant mother, who uses food to soothe and control. Defiant Francesca believes her heavy frame shames her Park Avenue society mother and, to provoke her, consumes everything in sight. Lonely Opal longs to be included in her glamorous mother's dinner dates - until a disturbing encounter forever changes her desires. Finally, Setsu, a promising violinist, staves off conflict with her jealous brother by allowing him to take the choicest morsels from her plate - and from her future. College brings the four young women together as suitemates, where their stories and appetites collide. Here they make a pact to maintain their friendships into adulthood, but each must first find strength and her own way in the world.
Thought provoking, frustrating, and disturbing at times. As a daughter, I came away from this book really appreciating the balance my own mother provided me. As a mother of a young girl, I'm challenged to review my relationship with her and how food is presented and discussed. Narration was really good, but I didn't walk away from this book relating to any characters. I guess that's a good thing for me.
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