Sour­dough

Regina Leader-Post - - WEEKEND - Lincee Ray, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Robin Sloan

Far­rar, Straus and Giroux

Since best­selling au­thor Robin Sloan has al­ready proven him­self wor­thy in the ad­ven­ture genre, he re­cently moved on to writ­ing about an­other topic many love: food. In his sec­ond novel, Sloan serves his au­di­ence a culi­nary de­light in Sour­dough.

Lois Clary works end­less hours as a soft­ware en­gi­neer. Day af­ter day, it’s the same rou­tine: work, skip lunch, work some more, lament over the lack of a so­cial life and or­der the ab­so­lute best spicy soup and sand­wich from Clement Street for din­ner.

When the own­ers of Clement Street are forced to leave the coun­try due to visa is­sues, Lois is baf­fled to learn that they have gifted her, their favourite cus­tomer, with their sour­dough starter. Lois barely uses her kitchen.

The good news is that all the starter needs is a lit­tle flour and wa­ter, as well as a sound sys­tem to play the starter’s favourite mu­sic from the spe­cial CD thrust into Lois’ hands along with a ce­ramic crock of grey glop.

Af­ter a few hours of sour­dough re­search, Lois finds her starter bub­bling, singing and even emit­ting strange smells. She is floored when her first two loaves turn out beau­ti­fully.

Sud­denly Lois must de­cide be­tween her sta­ble, yet dull, job as a soft­ware en­gi­neer or a new ad­ven­ture as a nat­u­rally gifted bread maker.

Sour­dough is the story we all se­cretly dream about. Could we leave our mun­dane lives and take a leap of faith in the di­rec­tion of our new-found pas­sion? Sloan takes read­ers on a thought­pro­vok­ing jour­ney to an­swer that ques­tion.

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