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Review: A Place at the Table

July 26, 2013

A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table, by Susan Rebecca White, is a little hard to describe because it tells the story of three seemingly unrelated characters:

  • Alice, an African-American cook from Emancipation Township, NC.  She grew up with love but witnessed some things no child should have to.
  • Bobby, the son of an Atlanta preacher who moves away because he knows he’ll never be accepted at home.
  • Amelia, a Connecticut housewife, who learns a family secret just as her marriage is falling apart.

All three characters find their “place at the table” at a trendy New York restaurant.  With themes of food, racism, sexuality, and secrets, White expertly weaves the tales of these fabulous characters and their relationships – sometimes with each other, but mostly with their own families – and I found it riveting.  I always looked forward to getting back to this wonderful book.  When the narrative shifted, I wasn’t always sure of what was going on, but it didn’t really matter, because I was invested in each one of the characters.  I was right not to worry because White brought things together by the end of the book proving that it is indeed a small world.

I listened to the audio version of  A Place at the Table and it is outstanding!  It’s narrated by Robin Miles, George Newbern, and Katherine Powell and they were all terrific, but I have to admit that I had a particular fondness for Newbern’s narration.  The audio lasts approximately 9 hours and is one I highly recommend – in case you can’t tell, I loved this book.  I have a feeling it might be one of my top books of the year.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

32 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2013 6:39 am

    Wow, this sounds really good. You really have me interested in what they were all doing together!

  2. July 26, 2013 7:00 am

    I think I’ll listen to this – loved your review.

  3. July 26, 2013 7:27 am

    Wow, I love books that include food — great (and very persuasive) review!

  4. July 26, 2013 8:45 am

    I’d seen this one around, but didn’t really know what it was about. From what you’ve written it definitely sounds like something I would enjoy. Plus, I love the title for some reason. I’ll kindling this one ASAP! Thanks 🙂

  5. sandynawrot permalink
    July 26, 2013 8:54 am

    Book Addiction Heather absolutely loved this one, and I looked for it on audio at the library but they didn’t have it. I’m going to look again.

  6. July 26, 2013 9:48 am

    Liked your review and will be looking out for this one.

  7. Patty permalink
    July 26, 2013 9:53 am

    Lovely, Kathy and it was just as good reading it! I loved this book!

  8. July 26, 2013 9:57 am

    I like the cover of this book.

  9. July 26, 2013 10:46 am

    Pretty cover. I’ll have to check into the audio for this one. It sounds really good.

  10. July 26, 2013 11:54 am

    This sounds fantastic!

  11. July 26, 2013 1:34 pm

    Is that George Newbern the actor? I am going to have a find a copy of this just because of my adolescent crush on him!

  12. July 26, 2013 2:10 pm

    Thanks for putting this book on my radar! It sounds good.

  13. July 26, 2013 2:16 pm

    Ack! Wish I’d read this a couple of hours ago – just used a credit at audible. Oh well, this is going on the top of my list. I love multi-narrator productions and the story sound very appealing, too.

  14. Beth Hoffman permalink
    July 26, 2013 3:27 pm

    This is next in line on my list and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Now I’m even more excited to crack the spine.

  15. July 26, 2013 3:32 pm

    Oh, this one seems like a winner. Would love to read it.

  16. July 26, 2013 3:52 pm

    I loooved this one so much. Glad to know it’s available on audio! I’m so happy you liked it. 🙂

  17. July 26, 2013 6:07 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read this one, and now, after your review, I am definitely adding it to my list. Thanks!

  18. July 26, 2013 8:02 pm

    I’d love to read or listen to this one, Kathy! Excellent review. 🙂

  19. July 26, 2013 8:17 pm

    A Place at the Table sounds like an engaging read.

  20. July 26, 2013 9:24 pm

    I am listening to a book narrated by George Newbern and am intrigued about this one too.

  21. talesofwhimsy permalink
    July 26, 2013 9:32 pm

    Sounds like a great audio. I love multiple narrators.

  22. July 26, 2013 9:47 pm

    Sounds good, thanks for your review, I still have difficulty listening to books, but maybe I’ll try this one.

  23. July 27, 2013 1:23 am

    I just listened to my first multiple narrators audiobook, and I really enjoyed it. I’d love to give this one a try, too. Fantastic review!

  24. July 27, 2013 2:42 pm

    this is one i want to read! loved your passionate review!

  25. July 27, 2013 10:38 pm

    And I really enjoyed your review. I love books that carry such theme. (I also can’t resist anything that has my name in it. Haha!)

  26. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    July 28, 2013 4:11 pm

    Top book, couldn’t wait to get back to it, narrator was outstanding….sounds like one I must read for sure!!! I have 4 credits at audible and I think this just might end up in my library!

  27. July 30, 2013 12:04 am

    If it’s going to be one of your favorites of the year I might as well add it to my list now 🙂

  28. July 30, 2013 12:26 am

    I loved this book too!! Such a wonderful story. I’m happy to hear the audio was so well done, and glad you enjoyed.

  29. July 30, 2013 6:48 am

    I have the ARC for this, but may skip reading it and listen to the audio instead. Great review!

  30. bookingmama permalink
    July 30, 2013 3:12 pm

    I don’t have the audio but I do have the print version. I’m thinking that I need to add it to my beach bag!

  31. August 5, 2013 10:08 pm

    I’m always nervous about books like this that have seemingly unrelated storylines at the beginning. It takes a really great author to pull them together well. Now, with your recommendation, I’d feel much more comfortable starting this book! Thanks for sharing it with us at Booknificent Thursday! Hope to see you again there soon!

  32. August 15, 2013 9:26 pm

    Outstanding!?! Woo! I love reading that! 🙂 I think I have this one on hold at the library as well.

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