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Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love by Lara Vapnyar
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Feb 06, 11

Read in February, 2011

These six short stories all feature Russian immigrants to the United States who eat together and whose lives are depressing with occasional moments of joy.

Nina's husband, a talented musician, leaves her. She's alone with the fresh vegetables she always buys but never cooks until she meets a man who loves to cook and finds a touch of redemption.

Sergey goes to a prostitute, to his shame, but sees the wife and mother in her as she makes him borscht.

Katya discovers her own beauty and shares the excitement of American puffed rice with a friend on the same day, but is disappointed by both in the end.

Tanya's mother is desperate to find her a suitor, but the one she finds herself becomes part of her family, which she slowly accepts.

Luda and Milena fight over an eligible bachelor in their ESL class, with meatballs their weapon of choice.

Ružena makes up a fiancé whose-even false-existence gives her the courage to stop eating spinach.

As a bonus... there are recipes at the end of the book.

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