87th out of 153 books — 149 voters
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
(showing 1-30 of 61)
I just finished reading this book and loved it. Once I got into the book, I could not put it down. The characters come alive and I felt like I knew them all--a friend, a family member, a work colleague. The author does a great job in making you care about the characters and keeps you coming back wanting to know how their lives turn out. A funeral of a beloved grandmother sets off a series of events that will change Ira's life. Just as in real life, one random moment can alter life's course. Ira'...more
This book follows a middle-aged man through his journey to uncover the truth about his family history, which has been kept secret for over 40 years. Ira, the story's protagonist, runs into several obstacles and temptations during his search for the truth, which makes him question the people he loves, and reflect on his own happiness as a middle-class family man. It is a very well-written book, with a compelling story... I couldn't put it down! (and I'm proud to say that I personally know the aut...more
An interesting, fast-paced adventure. The entire story takes place in about ten days - ten action-packed days! I thought the first-person narrative was really well done. I followed this character through his brief mid-life crisis and - even though he made some questionable decisions - found myself cheering him on in his quest. If you start it, be prepared to commit - as you will get sucked in and NEED to find out how the story ends. I highly recommmend this book.
The Year of Soup is Howard Reiss' second novel inspired during a dinner at a small restaurant in Northhampton, Mass. when an old professorial looking gentlemen with a bottle of wine in a paper bag sat down at a table in the corner and was immediately joined by the young, female proprietor and chef. Although he couldn't hear their conversation, he tried to imagine it and their stories as well.More about Howard R. Reiss...