The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs

The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs

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by Dana Bate, Meredith Mitchell
     
 

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Hannah Sugarman seems to have it all. She works for an influential think tank in Washington, DC, lives in a great apartment with her high–achieving boyfriend, and is poised for graduate school and an academic career just like her famous parents. The only problem is that Hannah doesn’t want any of it. What she wants is much simpler: to cook. When her… See more details below

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Hannah Sugarman seems to have it all. She works for an influential think tank in Washington, DC, lives in a great apartment with her high–achieving boyfriend, and is poised for graduate school and an academic career just like her famous parents. The only problem is that Hannah doesn’t want any of it. What she wants is much simpler: to cook. When her relationship implodes, Hannah seizes the chance to do what she’s always loved and starts an underground supper club out of her new landlord’s townhouse. Though wildly successful, her underground operation presents some problems. First, running an unlicensed restaurant out of someone’s home is not, technically speaking, legal. And she kind of forgets to tell her landlord—who just happens to be running for local office and wants to tighten neighborhood restaurant regulations—that she is using his place while he is out of town. On top of all this, Hannah is faced with various romantic prospects that leave her guessing and confused, parents who aren’t huge fans of cooking as a career, and her own fears and doubts that threaten her dreams. A charming, accessible romantic comedy, The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs is a story about finding yourself, fulfilling your dreams, and falling in love along the way.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in present-day Washington, D.C., Bate’s engaging debut concerns 26-year-old Hannah Sugarman, who continues to let her overbearing, well-meaning parents dictate her life’s trajectory. After her disenchanted boyfriend, Adam Prescott, leaves her for her nemesis Millie Roberts, Hannah moves into Blake Fischer’s basement apartment. Eager to turn over a new leaf and egged on by her best friend Rachel, Hannah decides to covertly pursue her culinary dreams by hosting a series of imaginative— albeit illegal— supper clubs. After a series of mishaps render Hannah’s apartment unfit for guests, she and Rachel decide to utilize Blake’s impressive kitchen and home without his knowledge. Blake slowly transitions from landlord to friend, but as he works for a congressman and has political aspirations, it becomes clear that he’s against operating an unlicensed business and would never approve of Hannah’s secret life. As her business grows more popular, Hannah grapples with what to do. Bate’s writing is smart and compelling—especially as she chronicles why Hannah’s tedious think-tank job proves to be a wrong fit—and also captures the magic and frustration of dating a seemingly perfect guy who never has any time for Hannah. Even Bate’s implausible happy ending feels right. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (Feb.)
Cosmopolitan (UK)
"Great for foodies . . . [a] book that you can quite easily eat up in one go."
Joy Wilson
"Hannah is a girl I can relate to. She knows the value of a good carrot cake, and she's sometimes the most awkward girl at the party. Hannah is like all of us: she has dreams that seem so right and yet, so terrifying. She reminds us that dreams are often chocolate frosted and hard-fought, but the key ingredient is believing in yourself."
Sarah Pekkanen
"[A] delicious debut . . . Hannah is the kind of heroine you'll root for, the descriptions of food are dangerously good, and Bate adds a healthy dash of humor to the mix."
Stacey Ballis
"Foodie Fiction has a new it girl! Dana Bate's debut, The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs is the kind of book you just devour. Hannah Sugarman is Bridget Jones with a killer cinnamon bun recipe, and you will cheer her triumphs in the kitchen while you suffer with her trials in love and life. A delicious read from appetizer to dessert."
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"[An] engaging debut . . . Bate's writing is smart and compelling."—Publishers Weekly (starred)"

Journalist and debut novelist Bate deftly conjures up a witty, resilient heroine, surrounds her with delightful friends and frenemies, and sends them all on a rollicking quest for love and delicious food."—Kirkus Reviews"

Great for foodies . . . [a] book that you can quite easily eat up in one go."—Cosmopolitan (UK)"

Hannah is a girl I can relate to. She knows the value of a good carrot cake, and she's sometimes the most awkward girl at the party. Hannah is like all of us: she has dreams that seem so right and yet, so terrifying. She reminds us that dreams are often chocolate frosted and hard-fought, but the key ingredient is believing in yourself."—Joy Wilson, author of Joy the Baker Cookbook"

[A] delicious debut . . . Hannah is the kind of heroine you'll root for, the descriptions of food are dangerously good, and Bate adds a healthy dash of humor to the mix."—Sarah Pekkanen, author of These Girls"

Foodie Fiction has a new it girl! Dana Bate's debut, The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs is the kind of book you just devour. Hannah Sugarman is Bridget Jones with a killer cinnamon bun recipe, and you will cheer her triumphs in the kitchen while you suffer with her trials in love and life. A delicious read from appetizer to dessert."—Stacey Ballis, author of Good Enough to Eat and Off the Menu

Kirkus Reviews
Adam's parents have finally invited Hannah to dinner. They have finally acknowledged her existence after an ill-fated luncheon nine months ago. All she has to do is keep her mouth shut. All she has to do is keep the secret that she and Adam have been living together for three months. Can she do it? No. Unable to control her behavior or her tongue, Hannah Sugarman is not having a good year. The political aspirations--not to mention the parents--of her boyfriend, Adam, bump up against her wild, unpredictable spirit. Her own parents, professors who hope she shares their academic tendencies, would be astonished to learn that Hannah actually dreams of attending culinary school, starting a catering company and even running an underground supper club. Sadly, she currently works as a research assistant at the Institute for Research and Discourse, appropriately dubbed NIRD. As if analyzing public policy weren't bad enough, she has to deal with Millie every day. The Millie who introduced her to Adam. The Millie who wants to steal Adam away. The Millie who will very likely have Adam all to herself after Adam dumps her and gives her a matter of weeks to find a new home. Losing her entire social network, however, brings Hannah to the doorstep of Blake Fischer, who offers her a basement apartment. Blake also has his own very tempting kitchen, which he hasn't technically offered to her, but it isn't long before Hannah and her friend Rachel surreptitiously use it for a secret supper club. Hannah's talents reap instant success, a new-but-weirdly-uncommunicative boyfriend, fresh encounters with Adam and Millie, and increasing guilt over deceiving Blake. Journalist and debut novelist Bate deftly conjures up a witty, resilient heroine, surrounds her with delightful friends and frenemies, and sends them all on a rollicking quest for love and delicious food.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620647615
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
02/19/2013
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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