Bread for the Table relates a single day in the life of Sage a 30-year-old aspiring jewelry designer working as a waitress in a pseudo New York deli in Los Angeles. A postcard from her mother triggers a series of flashbacks, which bring Sage's life into focus.
She remembers her protector – dear older sister, Rose of Sharon and her untimely death; her remote father, whose only communication was reading passages from novels written by John Steinbeck; her grandmother, the only consistent figure in Sage's life; and her mother.
The last time Sage and her mother shared an intimate moment was stirring a pot of soup shortly after Rose of Sharon's death. Her mother's last instructions before she went to buy bread to complement the soup were to keep stirring the soup so it wouldn't burn. Dutifully Sage stirred, but her mother never returned. She was five years old. Now she has received a postcard from a woman she hasn't seen in twenty-five years.
|Publisher:||Pinehurst Literary Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.69(d)|
About the Author
She wrote her first book in the first grade. Educated in both public and parochial schools where the fundamentals of perseverance and patience were drilled into her, Tara understood the work ethic. She spends her days and nights teaching English in the San Fernando Valley.
Now residing up in the Santa Clarita Valley, aka the 'Rita with her husband and daughter, she writes regularly about her adventures in Hollywood.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Title: Bread for the Table Author: Tara Botel Doherty Publisher: Pinehurst Literary Press Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review: "Bread for the Table" by Tara Botel Doherty My Thoughts.... Good Read! This is definitely one of those reads that will be with you long after the read. The story of Sage who had received a post card from her mother whom she hadn't had any connection to for over twenty five years. From the 'post cards will set into motion a chain of memories,[flashbacks] particularly involving her estranged mother.' With all of this the reader gets to see Sage's past and all of the pain that she went through to the present time. This author gives the reader quite a read of just how painful ones life can certainly be as Sages complicated life comes back to her which also involved her sister, her father and her grandmother and how each one played in the role of changing her destiny.' By the end the reader has been presented a heart warming story that will touch ones heart from this journey Sage's life. "I received this book for free and voluntarily reviewed it."
On the surface, this book appears dark and disturbing. The author does a wonderful job of making us feel the protagonist's angst and insecurities. Told through the use of vivid flashbacks, we feel as if we are in Sage's head, viewing the world through her eyes. At times that can feel confusing, giving no choice but to continue to discover how things will turn out. Sage's present life is not a happy one. She can't quite put her finger on why she is not happy or what she can do about it. Although she is educated and personable, she has no close friends. For all she claims her boyfriend has positive attributes, the observer sees more is going on. The day we are inside Sage's head, there are demons at play, or rather at work gathering storm clouds. Past tragedies are finally making the required connections to bring their influence upon Sage into focus. Coincidence, fate or convergence, life is about to take a major twist. Only Sage has the power to decide what happens next. May contain triggers for sensitive readers