Oct 01, 09
Recommended to Laurie by:
Constance; Laura Lutz
Read in September, 2009
I dislike nothing more than quirky characters--the ones who are nothing BUT their quirk--so I was a bit wary as I started reading Dear Julia. But man, the quirks work in this book. Funny and charming, a novel about pursuing your passion, about making friends, about being who you are despite what other people think. With some great food writing. Elaine training her six-year-old twin brothers as sous chefs is hilarious. Reading about Elaine's school lunch (which she prepares herself; in fact, she does all the cooking because her mother is so busy being a prominent pro-equal-rights politician) calls to mind Albert's lunch in Bread and Jam for Frances, sounding just as delicious.
(If you have read the 1980s novel The Bennington Stitch by Sheila Solomon Klass, you will find parallels in Dear Julia, and I think will like it very much.)