Oct 152010

A Novel About Collectors, Tech Companies, Rabbis and Tree Conservationists!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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As an Austenesque Addict that enjoys devouring every Austen-related novel that she can find, I have to admit that The Cookbook Collector is not a book I would normally read. It is only because the author was proclaimed to be “a modern day Jane Austen” and her latest novel, a modern day Sense and Sensibility, that this contemporary fiction novel found a place in my to-be-read pile.

Similar to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, this novel opens by introducing two very diverse sisters. Emily Bach, at the age of twenty-eight, is the CEO of a new start-up company called Veritech. Responsible and rational Emily is involved in a long-distance bi-coastal relationship with her boyfriend Jonathon, who is working on his own dot-com start-up. Working in the same competitive field, both Emily and Jonathan struggle with selfishness, intimacy, and trust. Emily’s younger sister Jess is a twenty-three year old student pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy, an active participant in the Save the Trees organization, and a vegan. Jess works part-time in a rare and antique book store owned by George Friedman, a wealthy, erudite, yet querulous bachelor. Unbeknownst to Jess, George is often consumed with thoughts of his innocent, free-spirited, and lively young employee… Continue reading »