Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots

Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"Elegant, sensual, surprising, and rich, Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots delivers a world to us, populated with indelible characters whose fates, as they become entwined, spur us to read fast, faster, except to do so would be to miss the beauty of Soffer's language, which is to be savored." -- Dani Shapiro, author of Family History

This is a story about accepting the people we love--the people we have to love and the people we choose to love, the families we're given and the families we make. It's the story of two women adrift in New York, a widow and an almost-orphan, each searching for someone she's lost. It's the story of how, even in moments of grief and darkness, there are joys waiting nearby.

Lorca spends her life poring over cookbooks, making croissants and chocolat chaud , seeking out rare ingredients, all to earn the love of her distracted chef of a mother, who is now packing her off to boarding school. In one last effort to prove herself indispensable, Lorca resolves to track down the recipe for her mother's ideal meal, an obscure Middle Eastern dish called masgouf.

Victoria, grappling with her husband's death, has been dreaming of the daughter they gave up forty years ago. An Iraqi Jewish immigrant who used to run a restaurant, she starts teaching cooking lessons; Lorca signs up.

Together, they make cardamom pistachio cookies, baklava, kubba with squash. They also begin to suspect they are connected by more than their love of food. Soon, though, they must reckon with the past, the future, and the truth--whatever it might be. Bukra fil mish mish , the Arabic saying goes. Tomorrow, apricots may bloom .
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547759265
Branch Call Number: FIC Soffe 3564
Characteristics: 317 p


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Dec 27, 2018

Beautiful book, I enjoyed it very much.

Jun 21, 2016

Really liked it. The characters were engaging.

Jan 25, 2015

Soffer has crafted her characters so well here, she knows them and cares for them. And she'll make your heart ache: " I wondered if some people's default was happiness- and what sadness felt like when you were totally sure that you'd be happy again." A glimpse into depression and how it taints everything.

Jul 17, 2013

A moving story of a young girl's search for her mother. Foodies will love it.

ChristchurchLib Jul 15, 2013

"Two women, one a daughter about to be sent off to boarding school, and the other, a widowed immigrant dealing with loss, find comfort and friendship connected by their love of food when they become friends in a Manhattan cooking class." July 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter

wellingtonk3524 Jun 21, 2013

Great book for people who like to cook

jeanner222 Jun 07, 2013

Our story begins with a school suspension for 14-year-old Lorca. Lorca is a good kid with a very disturbing habit: cutting. The suspension forces her mother to make a difficult decision and send Lorca to a boarding school.

Before Lorca is shipped off to a new school, she is determined to change her mother’s mind. What better way to change a chef’s mind than with food?

In her quest to cook the perfect dish for her mother, Lorca searches for the recipe that her mother admires—masgouf, a traditional Iraqi dish. Lorca enlists the help of newly widowed Victoria, former proprietor of the restaurant that served the perfect dish, at least according to her mother.

Through cooking lessons, Lorca develops a unique and close relationship with Victoria. In turn, Victoria is distracted from her grieving, as well as unresolved marital issues that plague her, even after the death of her husband.

When first reading this novel, I thought it was too predictable. But just when I thought that I had it all figured out, the author throws in a plot twist. Thank goodness! All in all, this is an enjoyable read.

booklady413 May 08, 2013

Excellent book told in alternating voices about family, love and loss.

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