The Resource Eat cake : a novel, by Jeanne Ray

Eat cake : a novel, by Jeanne Ray

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Eat cake : a novel
Title
Eat cake
Title remainder
a novel
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by Jeanne Ray
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Language
eng
Summary
Ruth draws on her talent for concocting delectable cakes and desserts when her family begins to disintegrate around her--her husband loses his job, her mother moves in, and her long-estranged father shows up at the door with no place to go
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  • Ruth, with a teenage daughter, a son in college, and her mother living with the family, finds her life complicated by her husband's sudden unemployment and news that her long-divorced father has been injured and needs a place to recover. Once again Ray, author of Julie and Romeo (2000) and Step-Ball-Change (2002), presents a heroine beset with sufficient problems to make her run screaming off the pages, but one also gifted with enough common sense and gumption to solve the problems she can, and cope with the ones she can't. Ruth's first step in solving anything is to bake a cake, and oh what cakes she bakes (recipes are included). As might be expected, the hidden talents of each family member emerge, surprising unions are forged, and relative success is achieved. And, yes, cakes are prominent in the solution. While it might be said that this is a predictable and undemanding book, it is also a comforting one, and perhaps signals a new genre that might be called "domestic fantasy." (Reviewed April 15, 2003) -- Danise Hoover
  • Ruth, a Minneapolis wife and mother, bakes to relax the way others do yoga. And it's a good thing she does, because a house full of cantankerous family members seriously challenges her ability to remain serene in this fluffy, enjoyable third novel by Ray (Julie and Romeo ; Step-Ball-Change ). Cake is Ruth's version of Zen, allowing her to lose herself in the ritual of familiar smells and precise measurements. She's dealing well with her moody teen daughter, Camille; college student son, Wyatt; and sometimes cantankerous live-in mother, Hollis. She's even handling husband Sam's recent unemployment. But when Guy, Ruth's oft-estranged father and Hollis's ex-husband, is left physically helpless after an injury and must join the chaotic household, just how much cake will she have to bake to save her sanity? The answer is predictably uplifting. Ruth falls right in line with Ray's past harried heroines: she is a cheerful and good-natured caretaker who doesn't neglect herself, but whose happiness and identity is utterly intertwined with her family's. Ray's dialogue is ripe with practical wisdom (" 'Oh, there's order in the world all right. It just might not be the order you want'"), and her style is warm and lightly funny ("My mother looked at me as if I had told her I was going to move to Memphis and join an Elvis cult"). Ray has a proven talent for everyday dramas of family life, and her latest is as toothsome as its predecessors. 7-city author tour . (May) Forecast: Julie and Romeo, but this should do solid numbers. --Staff (Reviewed May 19, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 20, p54)
  • /* Starred Review */ "This is a story of how my life was saved by cake," says Ruth, who loves to bake. She thinks cake has gotten a bad rap and that people who refuse a slice have "completely lost touch with joy." When Ruth's husband loses his job, her estranged father needs a place to recover from broken wrists, her teenage daughter has serious growing pains, and life is spinning out of control, Ruth simply pictures herself safe inside the ring of a warm Bundt cake. She does not know how her family will cope with the upheaval in their lives until cake comes to the rescue in a marvelous way. In her third novel (after Julie and Romeo and Step-Ball-Change ) Ray does for cake what Joanne Harris (Chocolat ) did for chocolate. She reminds us that life is full of change and that when one door closes, another can open. To top it off, she includes recipes for many of the cakes baked in the story, and, believe me, after reading this scrumptious novel, you will want a slice. Highly recommended for public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/03.]—Tamara Butler, Olean P.L., NY --Tamara Butler (Reviewed April 15, 2003) (Library Journal, vol 128, issue 7, p126)
  • Imagine you're inside a cake. . . .That's what beleaguered housewife Ruth Nash does whenever life gets to be too much for her. She can even catch a glimpse of the outside world from the open center of her favorite hideaway: a moist, rich Bundt cake. And these days, she's quite the baker (recipes included) now that her son Wyatt has left her with every pair of sneakers he ever owned and is off to college. His younger sister Camille, meanwhile, sighs a lot and makes snotty remarks. A crisis looms: their dad, Sam, just lost his job as a hospital administrator and has few prospects of getting another, though he's not going to let that get him down. He's a family man who puts up with a mother-in-law in permanent residence and goes so far as to drive to Iowa to pick up Ruth's ne'er-do-well father, an itinerant pianist who just smashed both wrists. Ruth's parents divorced many years before and still can't stop bickering: her mother, Hollis, is outraged that Ruth actually cuts her father's revolting yellow toenails when Guy can't do it himself and that Sam must help the old man pee (a task Hollis takes on, explaining grimly that she has seen that particular organ before). Now that he's unemployed, will Sam realize his cherished dream of becoming a boat-builder? Guy points out that it may be Sam's turn at last, and Ruth gets a brilliant idea: make money by selling her wonderful cakes. And so she does, with a little help from Camille, who has a flair for marketing, and a friend of Sam's who designs gorgeous gift boxes.And that's all, folks. A pleasant trifle but nothing more: the third from the author of Step-Ball-Change (2002) and Julie and Romeo (2000). (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2003)
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Also issued online.
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072343
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Ray, Jeanne
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3568.A915
LC item number
E2 2003
Literary form
fiction
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  • Women
  • Adult children of divorced parents
  • Conflict of generations
  • Parent and adult child
  • Minneapolis (Minn.)
  • Bakers
  • Bakeries
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Married women
  • Women
  • Adult children of divorced parents
  • Bakeries
  • Bakers
  • Conflict of generations
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Married women
  • Parent and adult child
  • Women
  • Minnesota
  • Minnesota
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Eat cake : a novel, by Jeanne Ray
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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ocm49991401
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
258 pages
Isbn
9780451211972
Lccn
2002008838
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (OCoLC)49991401
  • (Sirsi) a169168
Label
Eat cake : a novel, by Jeanne Ray
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm49991401
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
258 pages
Isbn
9780451211972
Lccn
2002008838
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)49991401
  • (Sirsi) a169168

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