Canceled: Read More Women Book Group: Gingerbread

Join us for the third month of our new book group, READ MORE WOMEN. We meet at the bookstore on the last Tuesday of the month from 7-8pm to discuss books written by women from different countries around the world. May's book is Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (England). 


The prize-winning, bestselling author of Boy, Snow, Bird and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a bewitching and inventive novel.

Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories, beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.

Perdita Lee may appear to be your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor walk-up apartment with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there's the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it's very popular in Druh√°strana, the far-away (or, according to many sources, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee's early youth. The world's truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread, however, is Harriet's charismatic childhood friend Gretel Kercheval --a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met.

Decades later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother's long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet's story. As the book follows the Lees through encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth, and real estate, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value. Endlessly surprising and satisfying, written with Helen Oyeyemi's inimitable style and imagination, it is a true feast for the reader.

 

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Water Street Bookstore
125 Water Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Gingerbread: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594634666
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020