The Year of Soup

The Year of Soup

by Howard Reiss

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BN ID: 2940015935462
Publisher: Krance Publishing
Publication date: 11/04/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 1,229,623
File size: 377 KB

About the Author

The Year of Soup is Howard Reiss' second novel inspired during a dinner at a small restaurant in Northhampton, Mass. when an old professorial looking gentlemen with a bottle of wine in a paper bag sat down at a table in the corner and was immediately joined by the young, female proprietor and chef. Although he couldn't hear their conversation, he tried to imagine it and their stories as well.

Howard Reiss' first novel, A Family Institution, published in 2011, was based on a true incident involving the discovery of an aunt he didn't know existed who spent most of her life in Pilgrim State Hospital. The main character's quest for the truth about his family takes him to Pilgrim State where he takes a job in the records department, learns a lot about how the mentally ill and, in particular, his aunt was treated in the 1950s, and in the process turns his life and family upside down. It's a serious subject approached with a strong comic touch and has been a growing favorite of book clubs around the country.

Howard Reiss is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia Law School and the father of two girls. He helped found a soup kitchen in Nyack, New York where he lives and runs, supports book publishers by buying more books than he can possibly find the time to read, and is somewhere north of 50.

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The Year of Soup 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Ariel341 More than 1 year ago
I love this book! This story has something for everyone. If you like reading about relationships, friendships, love, loss, history, small towns in New England, or delicious soup, this book is for you. The relationships in this book truly come alive, as do the characters. The author creates wonderful characters with such depth. He is incredibly talented at writing from multiple perspectives and does so in this novel. I got so invested in this story, that I became a part of the Circa community. So much so, that when I finished the book, I was sad to be done spending time with Tess and the gang at Circa. And I wanted some soup! A truly wonderful story from start to finish!
Molly11 More than 1 year ago
This is a perfect winter novel. I felt extremely connected to main character - like I understood her issues and the experiences she had.  I was amazed that a man could write a young female character so astutely.  I also loved the history the story included, and how that history came out slowly through letters - it kept me really captivated.  I am certainly looking forward to reading more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and really enjoyed it. I became very attached to the characters and could not wait to see how the story unfolded. I could not put this book down and stayed up last night reading until 2am. Go buy this book now