John Phipps' Book Review: Sourdough by Robin Sloan

November 1, 2018 04:17 PM
 
This wonderfully written novel engages readers with a mixture of wit, fact, and imagination that even farmers can find enjoyable.
Sourdough by Robin Sloan

If you tried to imagine the absolute opposite of our world on the farm, you might come close with the foodie/tech realm of San Francisco. This wonderfully written novel engages readers with a mixture of wit, fact, and imagination that even farmers can find enjoyable. Centered on a software engineer with zero culinary skills who gets drawn into the obscure world of artisan bread-making, the story consistently surprises and delights. Her search for meaning in an abstract profession is subtly woven through the narrative, and reaches a satisfying conclusion. The depictions and adventures of lives so different from ours in our own country is a reminder how varied our culture is, and how we experience it from a fairly isolated perspective. Sloan is adept with dialogue and plot, and I now know more than I want about the mysteries of yeast, extreme farmer’s markets, and the bizarre world of high technology work lives. Simply a great way to spend a few hours in another reality.

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