The Restaurant Critic's Wife

The Restaurant Critic's Wife

Book - 2016
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People magazine included The Restaurant Critic's Wife on their Great New Fiction list and hailed it as "thoroughly entertaining."

Lila Soto has a master's degree that's gathering dust, a work-obsessed husband, two kids, and lots of questions about how exactly she ended up here.

In their new city of Philadelphia, Lila's husband, Sam, takes his job as a restaurant critic a little too seriously. To protect his professional credibility, he's determined to remain anonymous. Soon his preoccupation with anonymity takes over their lives as he tries to limit the family's contact with anyone who might have ties to the foodie world. Meanwhile, Lila craves adult conversation and some relief from the constraints of her homemaker role. With her patience wearing thin, she begins to question everything: her decision to get pregnant again, her break from her career, her marriage--even if leaving her ex-boyfriend was the right thing to do. As Sam becomes more and more fixated on keeping his identity secret, Lila begins to wonder if her own identity has completely disappeared--and what it will take to get it back.

Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781503947757
Branch Call Number: LABAN E
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 22 cm


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May 02, 2016

When Lila's husband, Sam, takes a new job as a restaurant critic in Philadelphia, she finds herself in a strange city with a 3-year-old and a newborn. Already missing her career as a hotel chain's crisis manager, she struggles to feel successful as a stay-at-home mom. While Sam tries to keep her and the children isolated so he can keep his identity secret for his work, Lila doesn't always follow the plan. This novel does a nice job of illustrating the dilemmas that women face who want to have it all. LaBan neatly wraps up all the loose ends which usually doesn't happen in real life.

Feb 07, 2016

Fun and cute read. But it hit me kind of weirdly. The author depicts amusing events but the narrator does not find them all that funny. This makes the book a bit creepy.


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