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Expecting their mother’s friends to arrive later in the morning to make jam for their school’s bake sale in the fall, Nora Banks’s children, Thomas, Nicholas, and Charlie, aged seven, five, and three, had set out to collect as many raspberries as they could after first filling and staining their mouths crimson with them. Their nanny, Beatriz, had tried stringing prunes over their little torsos—a technique she had learned as a girl to leave both hands free, one to lift the thorny branches, the other to pick the plump fruit—but, no, the boys had wanted
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"The author’s astonishing willingness to implicate her main character ...places The Summer Kitchen above formulaic chick lit. Our questions thus go beyond “Will her baking business make it?” and “Will she sleep with the crooked lawyer?” to “Will she reconcile with her husband?” I turned pages greedily, eager to find out." --Jesse Kornbluth, HeadButler.com
"WOW! I am so impressed with the style and ease in which Karen Weinreb writes in her first novel... The book takes us through the most horrible period of time for Nora but she discovers who she really is and how much inner strength that she has. She finds friends she never fully realized and that those she thought were friends were not. The Summer Kitchen is such a fantastic book I can’t wait to see what Karen Weinreb writes next." -Julie Moderson, Bestsellersworld.com
KAREN WEINREB is a former journalist with degrees from Yale and Oxford Universities who wrote for newspapers in Australia. Weinreb worked at Random House in New York City, and was a researcher for Harold Evans’ The American Century.