Author: Robin Sloan
Publisher: Farar, Straus, and Giroux
Publish Date: September 5, 2017
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Lois Clary, a software
engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and
collapses at night. When her favourite sandwich shop closes up, the
owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough
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?"
My Two Cents:
"Sourdough" is the story
of Lois, a computer engineer, who lives a relatively boring life. She
goes to work, she goes home. She is so busy at work and so pushed by
peer pressure that her sustenance consists of this weird protein that is
terribly boring but fills her hunger. One day, she decides to order
some spicy soup in and it comes with the most wonderful sourdough bread.
This simple deviation from her normal life will change everything for
This book is soooo quirky and I really enjoyed it. It's a
strange little story but I really liked that it was so off the beaten
path. Filled with good food, people learning to become friends, and a
good message of embracing the unknown, this was a good read for me. It
also has a good dose of magical realism, which is always one of my
favorite elements that a book can have!
Lois is such an
interesting character. She finds a lot of comfort in routine, even if it
doesn't make her life that exciting. When the two brothers that make
the spicy soup and bread are forced to leave the country and they leave
her the mystical sourdough starter, Lois's life changes for the better.
She isn't so afraid to shake up her routine and do something different. I
thought this was a really good message that sometimes you do have to
make yourself a little uncomfortable in order to make things better!