Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 4.5 stars
Twenty-something Lois was unexpectedly recruited for a programming position at the prestigious General Dexterity. She immediately packed up and moved to San Francisco to begin a new life. Away from her friends and family, she threw herself into the demands of programming robot arms to do basic tasks. Programmers at General Dexterity were expected to give up any outside life. The stress was so intense that some employees, including Lois' boss survived on a nutritious but taste devoid drink.
Lois' only outside contact were the brothers who ran the Clement Street Soup and Sourdough company, the place where she ordered from nightly. One day she was devastated to learn the brothers were leaving the country. But the brothers weren't leaving without a special parting gift for their "number one eater:; a sourdough culture and strict instructions on how to care for it. Lois didn't realize how quickly and completely her life was going to change thanks to this gift.
To divulge any more information about the plot would rob the reader of the magic in letting this story unfold. I found Sourdough to be a complete delight. Short chapters, breezy dialogue, amusing characters, and just an overall lovely book. It is a perfect palate cleanser from intense news cycles and "heavier" books. Sourdough is a quick read and a gentle life-affirming trip through the foodie scene of San Francisco. I do have to warn you that you are going to crave sourdough bread in a way you never thought possible!
Sloan is the author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore and this book touches on a lot of the same themes. If you are a fan of his previous work, you are going to love Sourdough!