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by Robin Sloan

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LoveReading View on Sourdough

January 2018 Book of the Month

A gorgeous magical, quirky dream of a story. Lois exhausts herself everyday as a software engineer, she orders her food from two local cooks, when they leave the country, they also leave Lois with their sourdough culture, to feed, to look after, to keep alive. As her life alters, Lois learns more about, and creates a connection to the sourdough culture. Robin Sloan establishes with beautiful simplicity, a story that weaved a spellbinding path through my mind.  I sank into and became one with the story, tasted, smelled, touched, felt. Sourdough with almost hypnotic, yet gentle intensity, takes on a life of its own to become a charming, irresistible read and I loved it.

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Sourdough Synopsis

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighbourhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her - feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.

Lois is no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she's providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer's market, and a whole new world opens up.

When Lois comes before the jury that decides who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. But then, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly?

Sourdough Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A superb book that is a little quirky but well worth reading and putting on your Reading List this year! Full review

Catherine Bryce

This book is fresh, fun, quirky, bizarre, pure fantasy, and very different to my usual reads Sit back and enjoy - but don't forget the sourdough and butter! Full review

Cathy Burman

A quirky well written novel that leads you on a weird and wonderful Sourdough journey. Thoroughly recommend to bakers and non-bakers alike! Full review

Heather Byrne

Quirky and amusing – a mix of food and technology. Full review

Sarah Webb

A nice, interesting journey of discovery that combines the magical process of bread making with Lois' advanced world of technology and coding resulting in an enjoyable and light-hearted read. Full review

Charlotte Walker

‘Sourdough’ is one of the oddest yet catchiest books I have read for many years. Guaranteed to make you feel happy and reflective. A tale of love lost and friendship built all around…Dough! Read it now! Full review

Ian Watkin

Loved ‘Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore’ by the same author. I find myself only liking this second as the surprise element which made the first so memorable was lost. Full review

Phylippa Smithson

A different read in my opinion, sometimes fantasy, sometimes down to earth but combining robotics and bread making makes it an interesting read and I could almost smell that bread cooking! Full review

Glenda Worth

For me this was a wonderful read, it tells the reader that there is always something new for us, not to give up hope or life. It was fun, tender, refreshing and left me wanting to taste sourdough. Full review

Angie Rhodes

An enjoyable book with some magical moments. Full review

Tina Tse

Quirky, original and endearing, ‘Sourdough’ was an absolute joy to read. You’ll never look at your bread dough in the same way again! Full review

Sarah Harper

The book did more than happily engage me, it made me bake some sourdough bread, and I predict I won't be the only one! Full review

Sabine Little

Made me laugh, and made my smile. Great characters and all in all a tremendously enjoyable read. Full review

Jayne Burton

Sourdough Press Reviews

Delightful... Smart, hip and witty    Washington Post

Filled with crisp humo[u]r and weird but endearing characters...At once a parody of startup culture and a foodie romp...[A] delight, perfect for those who like a little magic with their meals.   Booklist (starred review)

Sloan's comic but smart tone never flags, and Lois is an easy hero to root for.    Kirkus Reviews 

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ISBN: 9781786494382
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786494382
Publication date: 4th January 2018
Author: Robin Sloan
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Book Club Recommendations, Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Collections: 80+ Books That Deliver a Hug , 40+ Quirky Novels - a little different and totally fabulous.,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Robin Sloan

Robin Sloan grew up near Detroit and has worked at Poynter, Current TV and Twitter in jobs that have generally had 'something to do with figuring out the future of media'. He has previously published short fiction in Kindle-only editions (Mr Penumbra started out as a 6000-word ebook). He lives in San Francisco.

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