The story of three brothers in the restaurant business, their business and personal lives and their interactions with each other. If you've ever worked in a restaurant, the parts of the book that focus on that are great. The story/plot itself is pleasant and unmemorable.
A family with three sons.
The two older boys own a restaurant – Winesap – in Linden, the town where they grew up, 90 minutes west of Philadelphia.
The younger brother has had a varied career, but returns to Linden so he too can open a restaurant – Stray.
The brothers interact, observing some things about each other, but missing other important details.
Not too much mention of the parents except that:
- the younger son is currently living with them
- they have helped to fund the restaurant start-up
- they were tougher on the older boys
- they aren’t critical
A former GF of the younger brother informs the family that the younger brother needs meds to function.
The story seemed disjointed but the descriptions and details of the foods served, the food prep, the restaurant kitchen, the cooks, etc. were really engaging.
This book was okay, For awhile it was interesting to learn about the workings of a restaurant while reading a novel but after a while became repetitive to me. The story was okay, but not a book I will remember. I think if either the story or the restaurant took centre stage it would have been better, but both holding equal sway in the book made it less than captivating.
Good novel, great description of the food, and fascinating insight of what running a restaurant with those close to you might be like.
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