Brenda A. Ferber
Publisher: Farrar Straus GirouxFormat: Hardcover
Cara Segal is a born worrier. She figures her worrying works likea whisper in God's ear - if Cara's concerned about car crashes,kidnappings, or murders, she lets God know, and he alwaysspares her. But Cara never thought to worry about a fire. Andone night while she's sleeping at a friend's house, her housecatches fire, and her mother and younger sister are both killed.Throughout shiva, the initial Jewish mourning period, Caracan't help wondering about God's role in the tragedy. And whatis her father's role in her life now? He walks around like a ghostand refuses to talk about the fire. Cara longs for her family andher home, where sweet smells filled the house as Cara's momfilled orders for her catering business, Julia's Kitchen. Then oneday a call comes in for a cookie order, and Cara gets a wild idea.Maybe by bringing back Julia's Kitchen, she can find a way toreconnect with everything she's lost.Complete with a glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms and arecipe for chocolate chip cookies, this debut novel is a joyoustribute to the resiliency of the human spirit.
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