Another great book that I picked up at Book Expo America was Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. I knew nothing about the book or the author when I went to stand in line to get an autographed copy, but as someone who is from the Midwest, I thought the title of this novel sounded interesting.
It's about a girl named Eva who is an amazing chef! But the story isn't told solely through Eva's point of view or even with Eva as the main player. It's really about how this girl grows up and affects other people in her life, including her father, her cousin, her high school boyfriend, a fellow dinner party member, her high school boyfriend's stepmom, her current boyfriend's brother, and her mom.
Trust me. I didn't see the book's full-circle ending coming, and I'm really glad that I didn't try to anticipate what was going to happen next while reading this book.
Even if you're not from the Midwest, you should read this book. It would make for an interesting book club discussion, plus there are recipes in the book! And no matter where you're from, you've got to like dessert bars!
Kitchens of the Great Midwest is published by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking and hits bookstore shelves today! I received a free autographed review copy at Book Expo America with no obligation to review.