Sourdough is a rather strange story about a woman, Lois, who works at a robotics company writing code to control mechanical arms. She is so busy with work that she doesn’t have time to cook for herself. She lives on “slurry” (a nutritional substitute) and take out from the Clement Street Soup and Sourdough Company. The spicy soup and bread somehow restore her energy and help her sleep better, and she develops a rather unusual friendship with the brothers who run the shop. When they leave San Fransisco, they entrust their sourdough started to Lois, and she begins developing a whole new life.
I don’t really know what it was about this book. I found it rather fascinating and compelling, even though it was so bizarre. It’s by the author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, and that was my initial attraction to this book.
Lois discovers things about herself as she starts baking bread. And she finds some rather eccentric characters in her new life, but they all have something to teach her, which was fun to read. I wasn’t sure where this book was going to end up, so that made it exciting to read as well.
I am curious to hear what others thought of this book. In that way it would make a great book club read. It begs to be discussed. Was it meant to be magical realism? I am still not quite sure. If you’ve read this book, please comment and share your thoughts.
Rating: 4 Stars