Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer

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6 Critic Reviews

There is no dead wood in this story; not a word is superfluous. Ms. Soffer is a master artist painting the hidden hues of the human soul.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

“Sassy, brash, acrobatic and colorful . . . I want to read it again and again.” —Time

“Impressive . . . Soffer’s style is natural and assured.” —Meg Wolitzer, All Things Considered, NPR


Lorca spends her life poring over cookbooks to earn the love of her distracted mother, a chef, who is now packing her off to boarding school. Desperate to prove herself, Lorca resolves to track down the recipe for her mother’s ideal meal. She signs up for cooking lessons from Victoria, an Iraqi-Jewish immigrant profoundly shaken by her husband’s death. Soon these two women develop a deeper bond while their concoctions—cardamom pistachio cookies, baklava, and masgouf—bake in Victoria’s kitchen. But their individual endeavors force a reckoning with the past, the future, and the truth—whatever it might be.

In Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots we see how food sustains not just our bodies, but our hopes as well. Bukra fil mish mish, the Arabic saying goes. Tomorrow, apricots may bloom.


“A profound and necessary new voice. Soffer’s prose is as controlled as it is fresh, as incisive as it is musical. Soffer has arrived early, with an orchestra of talent at her disposal.” —Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin

“Moving [and] extraordinary.” —Atlantic

“A work of beauty in words . . . Soffer is a master artist painting the hidden hues of the human soul.” —New York Journal of Books
 

About Jessica Soffer

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JESSICA SOFFER earned her MFA at Hunter College, where she was a Hertog Fellow. Her work has appeared in Granta, Vogue and the New York Times, among other publications. Her father, a painter and sculptor, emigrated from Iraq to the US in the late 1940s. She teaches fiction at Connecticut College and lives in New York City.
 
Published April 16, 2013 by Mariner Books. 354 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots
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Kirkus

Above average
on Feb 15 2013

Well-written and atmospheric, but overdetermined and relentlessly grim.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Feb 18 2013

...there are moments of charm and an ending that reveals the story to be more tightly wound than it appears.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Anna Finger on Apr 16 2013

There is no dead wood in this story; not a word is superfluous. Ms. Soffer is a master artist painting the hidden hues of the human soul.

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The Bookbag

Below average
Reviewed by Sue Magee on May 01 2013

The plot is a rather thin and as you read seems rather predictable. There were several occasions when I could easily have put the book down and forgotten about it...

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BookPage

Good
Reviewed by Arlene Mckanic on May 01 2013

...One mark of Soffer’s talent is that she makes the reader stick with Victoria even at her worst.

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Oprah.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Abbe Wright on May 01 2013

Soffer's breathtaking prose inter-weaves delectable descriptions of food with a profoundly redemptive story about loss, self-discovery, and acceptance.

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