I have inadvertently participated in #NONFICTIONNOVEMBER by reading a few Non-Fiction books.
I have had this book on my shelf for years. I remember picking it up once and starting it but I wasn’t interested in it at the time so I never read it. While searching Overdrive for an audiobook in keeping with my self imposed theme for November, I saw this book. I decided to give it a chance and get it off my TBR shelf.
The audio version of this book is read by the author and that usually excites me. I feel that when the author reads their own work, they know the intonations of their story and read it as it was meant to be read. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by Gabrielle’s reading. She has a monotone voice that had no inflection in speech. I found that I was bored and zoning out frequently. I held on though, so I could finish the book.
Gabrielle has her MFA in fiction writing so I expected her story to be detailed. It was very detailed and sometimes it felt as if it was too detailed. I also felt that this story was “wishy-washy”. Gabrielle jumped back and forth in time so often that I was confused as to when things were occurring.
She goes from thief to restaurateur; lesbian to married to a man and having his children; hating the cooking life to living it everyday; back and forth, back and forth, the entire story is set up like this.
I liked this book, but not enough to really recommend it. I give it 2 crowns.