Take chocolate candy, add a family business at war with itself, and stir with an outsider's perspective. This is the recipe for True Confections, the irresistible new novel by Katharine Weber, a writer whose work has won accolades from Iris Murdoch, Madeleine L'Engle, Wally Lamb, and Kate Atkinson, to name a few.
Alice Tatnall Ziplinsky's marriage into the Ziplinsky family has not been unanimously celebrated. Her greatest ambition is to belong, to feel truly entitled to the heritage she has tried so hard to earn. Which is why Zip's Candies is much more to her than just a candy factory, where she has worked for most of her life. In True Confections, Alice has her reasons for telling the multigenerational saga of the family-owned-and-operated candy company, now in crisis.
Nobody is more devoted than Alice to delving into the truth of Zip's history, starting with the rags-to-riches story of how Hungarian immigrant Eli Czaplinsky developed his famous candy lines, and how each of his candies, from Little Sammies to Mumbo Jumbos, was inspired by an element in a stolen library copy of Little Black Sambo, from which he taught himself English. Within Alice's vivid and persuasive account (is her unreliability a tactic or a condition?) are the stories of a runaway slave from the cacao plantations of Côte d'Ivoire and the Third Reich's failed plan to establish a colony on Madagascar for European Jews.
Richly informed, deeply moving, and spiked with Weber's trademark wit, True Confections is, at its heart, a timeless and universal story of love, betrayal, and chocolate.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Long, twisting plot that failed to catch my attention. Ending just seemed to peter out. I was never sure why she was telling the story, until the end and then it was very anti-climatic. I had to force myself to finish this one.
What was most disappointing about Katharine Weber’s story?
What character would you cut from True Confections?
The whole book. There was really only one character.
It didn't capture me at first, but not far into it became a pretty good story. I would recommend it.
What would have made True Confections better?
A better story
Would you ever listen to anything by Katharine Weber again?
Would you listen to another book narrated by Jennifer O'Donnell?
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
Just a disappointment, and not worth the $4.95 I paid for it. The story didn't seem to go anywhere...stopped listening