The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee

The Glass Kitchen: a novel of Sister by Linda Francis Lee (2014)  – Fiction

Portia Cuthcart grew up in Texas.  Her parents were fairly poor, but their love was so great that after Portia’s father died while she was still a child, her mother followed in only a few short months.  Portia and her older sisters went to live with their grandmother who ran a restaurant called The Glass Kitchen.  Her grandmother has a gift that Portia has also inherited. . .  food comes to their minds (and then they must cook or bake it, usually without knowing why right away) in a way that can predict the future.

After Portia predicts her grandmother’s death, Portia gives up The Glass Kitchen in Texas, and marries her politician boyfriend.  For him, she subdues the cooking, and becomes a polished and bland politician’s wife.  Three years into their marriage, it comes out that her husband has been cheating on her with her best friend.  She escapes to New York City, where she moves into the garden apartment her beloved great aunt had willed to her.  Gradually, she gives in to the demands of the food . . . and her new neighbors.

I enjoyed this book overall, and give it four of five stars.  However, it says it is a novel of sisters.  I suppose in a way it is.  At first, I thought it was just about Portia and her sisters (her sisters are really pretty flat characters, though.)  It is not.  Portia meets the man upstairs who as two daughters, and actually, this story is more about those two sisters – their relationship with each other, their dad, and even with Portia.  It also about the grief over the loss of their mother (and the secrets their mother was hiding.)

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