On the shelf: Blue Plate Special

One of the things I enjoy most about working at the Kingwood Branch Library is finding a new-to-me book and author. One recent discovery was Blue Plate Special: A Novel of Love, Loss and Food by Frances Norris. I was drawn to the book by the cover art and the back-cover copy by Elinor Lipman, one of my favorite authors, and I was not disappointed.

Trapped in a dead-end job as a food stylist for a gourmet magazine in Los Angeles, thirty-something Julia Daniel isn’t quite sure where to go or what to do with her life. She watched her mother die of cancer, then lost her father and stepmother in a plane crash. Weighed down by an overwhelming sense of sadness, she can’t seem to find a way to make her dream of becoming a photographer come true.

Norris hooked me on page one with her polished writing, and I quickly found myself cheering for Julia in her quest for a new and better life. I highly recommend this well-written, poignant story of a young woman’s journey to hopefully-ever-after.