Eat Cake

Eat Cake

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Ruth loves to bake cakes. When she is alone, she dreams up variations on recipes. When she meditates, she imagines herself in the warm, comforting center of a gigantic bundt cake. If there is a crisis, she bakes a cake; if there is a reason to celebrate, she bakes a cake. Ruth sees it as an outward manifestation of an inner need to nurture her family--which is a good thing, because all of a sudden that family is rapidly expanding. First, her mother moves in after robbers kick in her front door in broad daylight. Then Ruth's father, a lounge singer, who she's seen only occasionally throughout her life, shatters both wrists and, having nowhere else to go, moves in, too. Her mother and father just happen to hate each other with a deep and poisonous emotion reserved only for life-long enemies. Oh, yes indeed! Add to this mix two teenagers, a gainfully employed husband who is suddenly without a job, and a physical therapist with the instincts of a Cheryl Richardson and you've got a delightful and amusing concoction that comes with its own delicious icing. One of Jeanne Ray's specialties is giving us believable, totally likable characters, engaged in the large and small dramas and amusements of life.Eat Cakeis whimsical, warm, and satisfying.Eat Cakeis Jeanne Ray at her best. Pull up a chair and eat cake!
Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2003
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780609610046
060961004X
Branch Call Number: FIC Ray 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 258 p

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M_ALCOTT Jul 17, 2015

This is one cake that will not go straight from your lips to your hips, maybe just your funny bone. So, bon appétit!

aliciamccreath Jun 24, 2011

I loved reading this book.

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Eclectic1
Mar 10, 2010

I adore Jeanne Ray!! She is hilarious - I've read all her books.
This is a story of a wonderful mom, Ruth, who bakes cakes as a stress reliever. And she's really baking these days because her mother has moved in with her; her estranged father breaks both his hands and must also come live with them. Then to top it off, her husband receives a pink slip. With tension high and money low, the characters come out of their shells to reveal hidden talents so that the family can carry on. Ray's characters are always so real plus the events have you smiling on every page. Try this - it's funny and heartwarming. (so are all her other books - Julie and Romeo, J&R again and Step-Ball Change.)

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kedragon
Jun 30, 2008

When the going gets tough, the tough -- bake cake? That's Ruth's response. When her mom moves in, husband loses his job, and her estranged father shows up on the doorstep with two broken wrists, a lot of cakes are in the offing. You'll alternate between laughing till the tears come and paging to the 12 included recipes as your mouth waters for cake! The Minneapolis setting is fun for us locals, too.

litlbit Apr 29, 2008

Light, easy read

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M_ALCOTT Jul 17, 2015

[ I thought this quote both funny and inspirational.]

"I think if you have something that you really love to do, you’re already ahead of ninety-nine percent of the people out there in the world. Look at poor Sam. That’s what his problem is, you know. He doesn’t have anything that he really loves. At least you’ve got cake."-Hollis(speaking to Ruth)

M_ALCOTT Jul 17, 2015

"Nobody likes to think they need to be rescued and everybody is grateful when it happens."-excerpt, Eat Cake

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