Viewpoints. A child can never have too many people in her life who love her. I kept thinking about that reality as I read J. Ryan Stradal’s debut novel titled, Kitchens of the Great Midwest. Stradal structures the novel as stories narrated by eight characters, all centered around protagonist Eva Thorvald. From childhood, Eva developed a discriminating palate, and that leads her in many different directions. I laughed at the humor in some sections, and felt pain in empathy for the struggles of some characters. Throughout, the vibrant writing kept me interested and entertained.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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