Author: Robin Sloan
Published: September 5, 2017
Publisher: MCD Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Where I picked up my book: Library
Key Words: Magical Realism, Technology, Bread Baking, Fantasy
My Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Lois Clary, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and collapses at night. When her favorite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough bread.
Lois becomes the unlikely hero tasked to care for it, bake with it and keep this needy colony of microorganisms alive. Soon she is baking loaves daily and taking them to the farmer’s market, where an exclusive close-knit club runs the show.
When Lois discovers another, more secret market, aiming to fuse food and technology, a whole other world opens up. But who are these people, exactly?
I loved this book so much. First, I’d like to offer up this little tidbit about me. I’m prettttty sure bread is my love language. I love everything to do with it. The smell, the fresh out of the oven temp, the multitude of items you can slather on top of it, the sandwiches you can make, the bread stand at the farmers market, the idea of sitting outside with a loaf of french bread and cheese, baking it and…I could go on and on. As you can see, I have a deep love for bread. So with that said, I was all in, 100%, when I came across this book. Second, this book takes place in San Francisco and then eventually in Alameda (a small island off of Oakland where I lived for a year)-so I was nostalgic while reading and there is nothing better than that. It felt like the Bay area was a character itself and I loved seeing places I often visited, ate at, walked down, or sat in as part of the scene. Third, female lead characters that go off and do something creative and unique and small buinessy to find their truest self-yes please! So this book was right up my alley. Plus Lois (the main character) is quirky, and the writing is quirky and many of the other characters are quirky. And although sometimes that can be a lot for me, I LOVED these characters and had a hard time letting them go when I finished the book. There are a few futuristic components to the novel too-robots and liquid meal replacements, technology that doesn’t quite exist in our current world, that I thoroughly enjoyed. There is so much goodness packed into this relatively small book, Robin’s writing is tight and witty, it had me laughing out loud at some parts and actually concerned for our current state of the world in others…this is a book that I would highly recommend. I’m still thinking about it days after I’ve finished it…and that’s always a winner for me!