by Laura Esquivel
Not sure how it has taken me so long to read this book – it is a delight
And it is my book for #ReadHarder prompt 7 – #ownvoice set in Mexico
The women in this book are complicated and real, messy and loving. The magic realism makes the book fun and, for me, excuses some of the behaviours described. Were this a realistic book I think too many of the characters would have made me angry beyond enjoyment (which in itself is evidence of amazing writing) but instead I read it all as hyperbole. And then could just enjoy the women and their lives – and their food.
I loved the narrative technique of recipes and cooking intermingled with the story – after finishing it I missed Tita’s kitchen much more than I did any of the characters.
A lovely book – I may even watch the movie