Eat Cake Paperback – 4 Aug 2003
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About the Author
Jeanne Ray is a nurse, wife and mother of the novelist Ann Patchett. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Top Customer Reviews
The story focuses around Ruth, a somewhat downtrodden housewife, her breadwinner husband and (hugely) irritating teenage daughter. All of Ruth's life, both her happiness and solace has been sought in baking- whether it be misery due to her (amusing) warring parents or to distract herself from financial woes or even just making cookies for local bake sales- she gets genuine pleasure from watching people eat her delicious goodies. When her husband is made redundant from his hospital job, Ruth's answer is simple: eat cake.. but not only eat it- bake it and sell it and earn the family some much needed money. And so Ruth's new business begins.
This book was really lovely- it gave me the warm fuzzies as everyone finally pulls together the way a family should! It's not a masterpiece granted, but it's such a comforting story and something to while away the hours and of course, dream of eating the cakes described. If you like chick lit and a happy ending then this is the book for you.
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Anyway, read this book when you need a warm, lovely diversion from your life. The main character sees herself in cakes to relieve stress, I used this author's book as my therapy. Thank you Ms. Ray.
This may be a story of a family in crisis, but I wouldn't really call it a dysfunctional family. It is a family struggling to deal with the same pressures and problems that so many families do: aging parents, balky adolescents, unemployment, and midlife career crises. Jeanne Ray's novels are feel-good books full of warmth, humor, and wisdom. "Eat Cake" is no exception. In fact, as I read it I felt as warm and comfortable as if I were in the center of that fresh-from-the-oven bundt cake with Ruth. At the end of the book is a collection of recipes for cakes mentioned in the story. They include such delights as "Sweet potato bundt cake with rum-plumped raisins and a spiced sugar glaze" and "Almond apricot pound cake with amaretto." Read this delectable book, which can be devoured in a sitting or two, and then try your hand at one of the cake recipes. Bon appetit!
Jeanne Ray is one of my favorite authors, her books just touch the heart without being cloy or cutesy. Her characters are genuine and people you can care about, her stories are simple yet hit home. She still hasn't topped her first book, Julie and Romeo, which is on my top ten list of favorite books of all time, but this is a very enjoyable read. Her daughter is pretty talented, too - she's Ann Patchett of Bel Canto fame.
Then the family dynamics came into play and that was interesting. But every now and then we had to put up some more baking and really strange combinations of cakes. I found myself saying get on with the story. I just wanted to know the next problem and how she fixed it.
If you could shorten the story by 10%, really cut back on the descriptions of baking I would have given it 5 stars.