Author: Gustave Flaubert
Themes/Topics: Hopelessness, Adultery
I enjoyed Madame Bovary although it reminded me of being an undergraduate student. This isn't typically the type of novel I enjoy, as I don't enjoy searching for patterns and wading through lots of imagery: I much prefer action to ambiance. Even so, it was well-written and interesting. It reminded me of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" because of the protagonist. Emma was a woman stuck because of circumstance and time period and was always left wanting more, which ultimately was her downfall.
Title: The School of Essential Ingredients
Author: Erica Bauermeister
Themes/Topics: Magical realism, Food, Hope
This was a delightful read. As a self-proclaimed foodie I am always intrigued about anything that involves food and this novel did not disappoint. The characters were rich and flawed and wonderful. Each chapter of the book is the story and perspective of a different person in the class which allows for valuable insight but could be a little confusing if you don't read the novel quickly as it's easy to become confused as to who is who. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes cooking or has enjoyed novels by Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen.