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Lizzy and Jane (2014)

by Katherine Reay

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At the end of a long night, Elizabeth leans against the industrial oven and takes in her kingdom. Once vibrant and flawless, evenings in the kitchen now feel chaotic and exhausting. She's lost her culinary magic, and business is slowing down. When worried investors enlist the talents of a tech-savvy celebrity chef to salvage the restaurant, Elizabeth feels the ground shift beneath her feet. Not only has she lost her touch, she's losing her dream-and her means of escape. When her mother died, Elizabeth fled home and the overwhelming sense of pain and loss. But fifteen years later, with no other escapes available, she now returns. Brimming with desperation and dread, Elizabeth finds herself in the unlikeliest of places, by her sister's side in Seattle as Jane undergoes chemotherapy.… (more)
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Lizzy is a chef an NYC who leads a busy but lonely life running a successful restaurant. She returns to her home in Seattle where her sister, Jane, is undergoing chemotherapy. Their relationship has been strained since their mom's death years before, but despite their different lives, they try to reconnect. This one was an unexpected joy. I identified a bit too much with the plot and at times it was hard to read about the sisters losing their mom as teens. There's a small romance, but the heart of the book is the sisters' relationship and the struggle of dealing with cancer. ( )
  bookworm12 | Sep 23, 2020 |
A moving, thought-provoking novel of love, loss, relationships, and family. The title refers to two very different sisters with names chosen by their Jane Austen-loving mother. Jane, a married mother of two, lives in Seattle. Lizzy/Elizabeth is a single, high-profile chef with her own New York City restaurant. The novel opens with the sisters reconnecting as Jane begins cancer treatment and Elizabeth recognizes her loss of passion for cooking. Food plays a major role in this story, as does literature. The author's research of cancer and its treatment, restaurants and recipes, as well as clever literary references is admirable and creates an authentic backdrop to tell the story of grief and healing. ( )
  PhyllisReads | Apr 27, 2019 |
More than a decade ago, Elizabeth stopped being Lizzy. After her mom died, she moved far away and has barely been home since. Her family has stayed split in large part because her sister Jane never came home to see her mom. This has been a divide between the two sisters ever since.

Now Jane has cancer. Elizabeth is a cook but lately her cooking is suffering, she's feeling uninspired and is afraid she'll lose her restaurant.

One day Elizabeth decides to go home again. Her father all but forces her to see Jane. What happens next changes the course of all of their lives.

Elizabeth sees her sister suffering and struggling. She decides that maybe if she can help her sister heal with her cooking that she can help them both.

She's looking for a new inspiration in life. Maybe food shouldn't just be an experience. Her mom always saw cooking as love.

Elizabeth turns towards her sister's favorite novels, Austen, for inspiration on what types of food will be appealing to Jane.

I thought the characters were very well written. Very three dimensional. Their actions weren't always likable but they felt real.

I also loved the idea of food preferences being effected by book preferences. Great thought, isn't it? ( )
  Mishale1 | Dec 29, 2018 |
It's funny how differently we grieve. Lizzy and Jane fell apart over the loss of their mother and it is with reluctance that they attempt a reconciliation when Jane is also diagnosed with cancer. This relationship feels very real and hardly ever very sweet, but the sisters do seem to come to terms with each other no their past, which is nice. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Sep 5, 2017 |
I felt that Jane's experience of dealing with her breast cancer surgery and chemotherapy was described very realistically. The family healed other wounds as they dealt with her treatment. ( )
  terran | Oct 30, 2016 |
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At the end of a long night, Elizabeth leans against the industrial oven and takes in her kingdom. Once vibrant and flawless, evenings in the kitchen now feel chaotic and exhausting. She's lost her culinary magic, and business is slowing down. When worried investors enlist the talents of a tech-savvy celebrity chef to salvage the restaurant, Elizabeth feels the ground shift beneath her feet. Not only has she lost her touch, she's losing her dream-and her means of escape. When her mother died, Elizabeth fled home and the overwhelming sense of pain and loss. But fifteen years later, with no other escapes available, she now returns. Brimming with desperation and dread, Elizabeth finds herself in the unlikeliest of places, by her sister's side in Seattle as Jane undergoes chemotherapy.

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