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From the Kitchen of Half Truth
by Maria Goodin

Published: 2013-04-02
Paperback : 352 pages
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"An impressive and heartfelt debut that will appeal to many readers, this charming and sensitive mother/daughter story captures the struggle between protection and isolation."?Library Journal

Meg May's mother has created a life out of stories. Outlandish stories that can't possibly be ...

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"An impressive and heartfelt debut that will appeal to many readers, this charming and sensitive mother/daughter story captures the struggle between protection and isolation."?Library Journal

Meg May's mother has created a life out of stories. Outlandish stories that can't possibly be true. And when sickness threatens to hide the truth of her past forever, Meg must convince her imaginative and free-spirited mother tell her what is real.
As charming as the stories she's been told are, they aren't enough for Meg anymore. As she and her mother spend one last summer together, Meg tries to convince her mother to reveal a thing about who they used to be?and who they are now.

Full of quirky humor and depth of feeling, From the Kitchen of Half Truth is a delicious debut contemporary novel. Fans of Chocolat (Joanne Harris), The School of Essential Ingredients (Erica Bauermeister), and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Aimee Bender) will be charmed by this unobtrusive look at mother daughter relationships and the powerful exploration of the stories we tell ourselves to create the lives we want.

Full of quirky humor and depth of feeling, From the Kitchen of Half Truth is a delicious debut contemporary novel.

What reviewers are saying about The Kitchen of Half Truth

"[A] touching debut novel about the relationship between a mother and daughter" ?Publishers Weekly

"There are some novels that grip you with a story so unique, yet so heart wrenching that you can't stop reading. From the Kitchen of Half Truth was just such a novel."?Laura's Reviews

"Held me captivated from first to last word ... You'll find just a little piece of yourself in all the wonderful characters."?Long and Short Reviews

" Funny, tender, quirky, and heartfelt, From the Kitchen of Half Truth is for anyone who has daydreamed about the future or been shocked to find something unexpected in the past."?Booklist

"A gorgeous tale of love, loss and making sense of the past ... filled with energy and life."?RT Book Reviews

"A story about understanding and compassion and how people often distort the truth to protect themselves and others, Goodin's narrative contains moments of eloquence, wit and sensitivity."?Kirkus

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Excerpt

chapter one

I came out a little underdone. Five more minutes and I would have been as big as the other children, my mother said. She blamed my pale complexion on her cravings for white bread (too much flour) and asked the doctor if I would have risen better had she done more exercise (too little air). The doctor wasn't sure about this, but he was very concerned about the size of my feet. He suggested that next time my mother was pregnant she should try standing on her head or spinning in circles (spinning in circles on her head would be ideal), as this would aid the mixing process and result in a better-proportioned baby. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. The original title of this book was Nutmeg. Do you think From the Kitchen of Half Truth is more appropriate? Why or why not? 2. Do you agree with Meg’s following statement to Mark: “I’d rather have fictional memories than no memories at all.” 3. Was there any foreshadowing that the fanciful stories hid a darker reality? If yes, what was it, and when did you see it? 4. Meg’s nightmare about the White Giant is recurring and seems to intensify as she gets closer to the truth. Did you have any theories about this nightmare? Did they turn out to be true? 5. After discovering the truth about Meg’s father, do you think Valerie’s decision to make up stories was justified? Or do you think they did more harm than good? 6. Meg and her mother are very different, but they do have several similarities. What are they, and when do they emerge?

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  "Simmer at a Low Heat "by nbaker (see profile) 10/03/13

From the Kitchen of Half Truth emerges a beautiful story of a mother's love. Seductively hidden amid the magical, mystical stories she has created for her daughter all of her life, is hidden the truth... (read more)

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