A Place at the Table

  • by Susan Rebecca White
  • Narrated by Robin Miles, George Newbern, Katherine Powell
  • 9 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Celebrating the healing power of food and the magic of New York City, A Place at the Table follows the lives of three seekers who come together in the understanding that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole. A Place at the Table tells the story of three unforgettable characters whose paths converge in a storied Manhattan café: Bobby, a young gay man from Georgia who has been ostracized by his family; Amelia, a wealthy Connecticut woman whose life is upended when a family secret comes to light; and Alice, an African-American chef from North Carolina whose heritage is the basis of a renowned cookbook but whose past is a mystery to those who know her. These characters are exiles - from homeland, from marriage, from family. While they all find companionship and careers through cooking, they hunger for the deeper nourishment of communion. As the narrative sweeps from a freed-slave settlement in 1920s North Carolina to Manhattan during the deadly AIDS epidemic of the 1980s to the well-heeled hamlet of contemporary Old Greenwich, Connecticut, Bobby, Amelia, and Alice are asked to sacrifice everything they ever knew or cared about to find authenticity and fulfillment.
Susan Rebecca White’s first two novels were hailed for the beauty of her writing, her wit, her compassion for her characters, and her sharp insights into their inner lives. A Place at the Table announces the maturity of her talents and reveals her wise and open heart.


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This is a beautifully crafted book. Just lovely.

I was expecting this book to be okay based on the rating, but I really did not expect it to be wonderful - and that's what it is. I'm not sure I've ever seen an author handle BIG topics - race, bigotry, religion, death - with such compassion and grace. I immediately listened to it again just to see how she had done it.

Had this not been a book club book, I'm not sure I would have listened to it. In comparison to the other books I listen to and read, it looked too gentle. In reality, it's more like an iron hand in a velvet glove. This is an author who can handle tough stuff without being crude or harsh. And she surprised me when I least expected it.

If you're stumped for a book club selection, this one is terrific. There's lots to talk about and think about.
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- B.J. "I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear."

RUN!! To Order This Book

You will not be disappointed.

This wonderfully written book is about the search for that place at a table where you feel most welcomed. It's a beautifully detailed account of the lives of a group of people that have ties to the south and New York City. It brings them together. I don't have ties to either, but felt right at home in this book. I ached to get back to them between readings and the time spent listening about their plights sped by. Talking about food is healing and always a common ground. The people within this book enjoyed their food and when they needed it most - it brought them what they needed.

I had to go look up this author at her website because her writing just blew me away. What a shock. I was quite surprised by her youth for she has a clear vision of the 80's as well as being able to clearly relay the feelings of the 20's and 40's.

There are surprises on the way but ultimately you will pull away from this table completely satisfied and know that this book will stay with you for a long long time. I know it will be on my best books of this year list.
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- tooonce72

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2013
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio