A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White

Publisher: Touchstone
Publication Date: Paperback released on March 4, 2014

A rich, beautiful novel about three unlikely, complex characters who meet in a chic Manhattan café and realize they must sacrifice everything they ever knew or cared about to find authenticity, fulfillment, and love.

A Place at the Table tells the story of three richly nuanced characters whose paths converge in a chic Manhattan café: Bobby, a gay Southern boy who has been ostracized by his family; Amelia, a wealthy Connecticut woman whose life is upended when a family secret finally comes to light; and Alice, an African-American chef whose heritage is the basis of a famous cookbook but whose past is a mystery to those who know her.

As it sweeps from a freed-slave settlement in 1920s North Carolina to the Manhattan of the deadly AIDs epidemic of the 1980s to today’s wealthy suburbs, A Place at the Table celebrates the healing power of food and the magic of New York as three seekers come together in the understanding that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole.

My Thoughts:

This book contains some of my favorite topics: social justice, family drama, and FOOD. (The author even shared a recipe at the end that I’m dying to try. I just know it’s going to be mouthwatering.) 
I was especially struck by the character of Bobby. His story is compelling and heartbreaking. There’s a wonderful lesson to be taken away from his tale but the author doesn’t hit you over the head with it. It’s clear and true but not at all preachy.
Susan Rebecca White

This book is rich, moving, and lovely. Even if it wrapped up a bit too neatly for my taste I still highly recommend it. If you’re looking for a timely novel about loving acceptance (and scrumptious eats!) you can’t go wrong with A Place at the Table.

What is one of your favorite family recipes? I’d love to hear about them!

22 thoughts on “A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White

  1. This was one of my favorite books I read last year. I absolutely fell in love with the writing, the characters, everything. Such a gorgeous novel.


  2. I've read another of White's books, but I hadn't heard of this one before! I am always a sucker for books that take place in multiple time periods. 🙂


  3. It was wrapped up a bit too neatly but you're so right about White's ability to write about a subject without hitting you over the head with her message.


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