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The Year of Soup by Howard Reiss
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The Year of Soup

by Howard Reiss

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I love this book! This story has something for everyone.
If you like reading about relationships, friendships, love, loss, history, small towns in New England, or delicious soup, this book is for you.

The relationships in this book truly come alive, as do the characters. The author creates wonderful characters with such depth. He is incredibly talented at writing from multiple perspectives and does so in this novel.

I got so invested in this story, that I became a part of the Circa community. So much so, that when I finished the book, I was sad to be done spending time with Tess and the gang at Circa. And I wanted some soup!

A truly wonderful story from start to finish! ( )
  ShiraR | Nov 6, 2014 |
"The Year of Soup mixes a fine stew of intelligence and wisdom, while also at times stirring in a sharp wit and a pinch of genuine, heartfelt charm and humanity."
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"The Year of Soup, as with his first novel A Family Institution, clearly establishes Howard Reiss' credentials as an especially gifted storyteller with a knack for creating fully developed characters and original storylines that engage the readers complete attention from first page to last. The Year of Soup is highly recommended and thoroughly entertaining, making it an appropriate addition for community library contemporary fiction collections."
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At the age of 30, Tess has had three jobs and three significant relationships with two men and one woman – each lasting three years. Drifting through life, confused about her sexuality, Tess decides to live a life of celibacy and to open up a restaurant devoted to soup. Tess has a talent for making soups with strong medicinal and spiritual qualities – something passed down from her great-great grandmother, a descendant of one of the Salem witches. In the second week of the restaurant’s opening, an elderly professor of English, Roger Beanstock, comes in at closing time. Beany, haunted by his own past has lived a celibate life devoted to his work. He visits the restaurant every Thursday night for the next year to share soup and wine with Tess, which she calls the Year of Soup, before taking his life. Shortly after Beany’s death, Tess meets Jim at the restaurant, a furniture maker with his own reasons for keeping to himself. It is through a series of letters that Beany has left for Tess that she learns the truth about the Professor, is able to come to terms with her own sexuality, and discover Jim’s own tragic secret that will change both of their lives.

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