A Place at the Table (Hardcover)

By Susan Rebecca White

Touchstone Books, 9781451608878, 314pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2013

June 2013 Indie Next List

“This is an intricate yet accessible story of three characters - a young gay man disowned by his parents, an chef who was born the daughter of slaves, and a well-heeled woman in a troubled marriage - whose lives converge at a venerable restaurant in Manhattan. Their life stories unfold at Cafe Andres, leading to a stunning revelation that proves that there are no real coincidences in life. Heartfelt but not sappy, tragic but not disastrous, A Place at the Table celebrates the ultimate triumph of life and spirit. Book clubs and foodies will eat this one up!”
— Nancy Simpson-Brice, The Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA
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Description

From Susan Rebecca White, award-winning author of A Soft Place to Land and Bound South, comes a breathtaking story of three richly nuanced outcasts whose paths converge in a chic Manhattan cafe as they realize they must give up everything they thought they knew to find a home at last.

Alice Stone is famous for the homemade southern cuisine she serves at Cafe Andres, a chic gathering place for New York's cultural illuminati, and in her groundbreaking southern cookbook. But her past, on the other hand, is a mystery to all who know her. Upon Alice's retirement, Bobby Banks, a young gay man ostracized by his family in Georgia, sets out to revive the aging cafe with his own brand of southern cooking while struggling with heartbreak like he's never known. Meanwhile, seeking respite from the breakup of her marriage, wealthy divorcee Amelia Brighton finds solace in the company and food at Cafe Andres, until a family secret comes to light in the pages of Alice's cookbook that threatens to upend her life.

In her most accomplished novel yet, Susan Rebecca White braids together the stories of these three unforgettable characters who must learn that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you finally may become whole.
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