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Eat Cake (Paperback): Jeanne Ray

Eat Cake (Paperback)

Jeanne Ray

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This is a warm, funny delight of a book, good tempered and well intentioned. From time to time everyone needs a light-hearted read and this is it. The story is straightforward: a family suddenly encounters all sorts of difficulties, from having an old parent to stay indefinitely to dealing with a stroppy and rude teenager. One after another, the problems swell up and throb leaving the main character, Ruth, only just able to cope. Her divorced and crabby parents who have not lived together since she was three are both forced to lodge with her and share her family life, which means that meal times are punctuated with appalling rows. The dialogue is very funny, all the more so since the reader is not obliged to join in. Years ago Ruth was told that in times of stress one should mentally transport oneself to a happy, peaceful place. She chooses the inside of a giant cake, one smelling of warm spice and all the other good things that Mrs. Beeton lists. As her family becomes more catastrophic she needs this refuge more and more but a new friend teaches her to make things happen rather than react to them. She climbs out, faces up to things and everyone moves on. Cake, eating cake, sharing it and offering it, beating together sugar and butter to make cake, icing cake and selling cake make up the threads that bind this novel together. A nice idea, a wholesome story and one that leaves the reader wanting more. (Kirkus UK)
'A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don't each the whole cake. You don't eat a cake every day of your life. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what's served on the happiest days of your life. This is the story of how my life was saved by cake . . .' Feisty middle-aged housewife Ruth Hopson's life comes crashing down around her when her hospital administrator husband is made redundant. As the family's financial problems begin to mount, Ruth must also cope with her sulky teenage daughter and warring elderly parents. As she tries to keep the peace in this eccentric, disfunctional household, Ruth's only solace comes from baking cakes. But what begins as a distraction and grows into an obsession just might provide an ingenious solution to the family's dilemmas.


Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Country of origin: United States
Release date: August 2003
Authors: Jeanne Ray
Dimensions: 198 x 130mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 978-0-7434-6806-0
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-7434-6806-6
Barcode: 9780743468060

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