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Lorca spends her life poring over cookbooks, making croissants and chocolat chaud, seeking out rare ingredients, all to earn the love of her distracted chef of a mother, who is now packing her off to boarding school. In one last effort to prove herself indispensable, Lorca resolves to track down the recipe for her mother’s ideal meal, an obscure Middle Eastern dish called masgouf. Victoria, grappling with her husband’s death, has been dreaming of the daughter they gave up forty years ago. An Iraqi Jewish immigrant who used to run a restaurant, she starts teaching cooking lessons; Lorca signs up. Together, they make cardamom pistachio cookies, baklava, kubba with squash. They also begin to suspect they are connected by more than their love of food. Soon, though, they must reckon with the past, the future, and the truth - whatever it might be. Bukra fil mish mish, the Arabic saying goes. Tomorrow, apricots may bloom.
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By Daryl on 12-10-15
Tomorrow there Will be Apricots
This book was a joy to read, even while tackling important topics of grief, longing, and loss. At times it is frustrating because of the suppositions made by the characters, but it is well worth your time and credit.
Characters assume things about others, then are so disappointed why things are not the way they thought. Sometimes this is good, sometimes not so much.
I am glad the author chose not to go the route of complete cliche; it would've made me return the book if she had!
I loved these characters, wanted to give many of them comforting hugs, and then in the next breath tell them to get out of themselves.
Maybe this is why I liked the book so much; the characters made me feel something. Perhaps that was its biggest drawback, as the book didn't really GO anywhere.
A third narrator fr Joseph's portions might have been a good idea as well, but that opinion is my own.
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By Moabchick on 04-23-18
Beautiful lines. I ended up loving it but it took me a while to warm up to it.
I loved the non-clinical explanation of mental illness, addictions and other painful pieces humanity. Jessica Soffer Beautifully described beautiful and ugly piece of humanity and Helped me see how none of us are black and white. Nothing is it exactly as it seems. She does leave a lot unexplained. But I’d like that. It’s real life. We don’t have to have it all tied up in a bow. For people who hated some of the characters and gave this book one or two stars. You’re supposed to hate some of the characters. That’s what the author creates flawed humans. You’re supposed to feel like people failed, that not everyone knows the answers. That’s real. It happens. This book is not a fairytale. It’s not happily ever after. It made me feel several emotions.. that for me is a sign of a good book.