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The cookbook collector : a novel
Allegra Goodman
Adult Fiction GOODMAN

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Two sisters, Emily and Jess, find their way in the competing sensibility of millennium America: one is CEO of an internet start-up while the other studies philosophy at Cal Berkeley and works in an antiquarian bookshop owned by a Microsoft millionaire. Both are looking for love and the fulfillment that such a relationship might give them. This is a story of coincidences and decisions, secrets and lies. In the cookbook part—a collection George, the bookshop owner buys—Goodman’s writing is Proustian and in the high tech world of Silicon Valley and Cambridge high fliers we’re taken to a time when possibilities seemed ripe for the picking. These competing stories, while connected, made this book disjointed and not quite as enjoyable as I’d hoped.
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