While I loved “Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore”, I was reticent to read Robin Sloan’s latest work, “Sourdough” because the plot seemed just a bit too simple (despite tons of great reviews). I finally gave in when it popped up as a freebie on my Book of the Month list and am so glad I did because it has every bit the charm of the previous novel I fell in love with.
Lois is a techie in San Fran who spends every moment at the office and eats the same meal every single night, the double spicy from a local soup and sandwich shop that has just two menu items. Out of the blue, the restaurant’s proprietors have to leave the country and gift her with their sourdough starter. Lois soon learns that this music-loving ball of yeast is different from other breads and she learns she may have talents as a baker. At the urging of a co-worker, she enters the San Fran food market underworld and discovers there’s more to life than just work/sleep/work/sleep.
Just like the few ingredients needed to make sourdough, this plot is simple, but it’s filling and all you need.
4 out of 5 stars.