Trail of Crumbs

Trail of Crumbs

Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home : A Memoir

Book - 2008
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Already hailed as "brave, emotional, and gorgeously written" by Frances Mayes and "like a piece of dark chocolate--bittersweet, satisfying, and finished all too soon" by Laura Fraser, author ofAn Italian Affair,this is a unique memoir about the search for identity through love, hunger, and food. Jim Harrison says, "TRAIL OF CRUMBS reminds me of what heavily costumed and concealed waifs we all are. Kim Sunée tells us so much about the French that I never learned in 25 trips to Paris , but mostly about the terrors and pleasure of that infinite octopus, love. A fine book." When Kim Sunée was three years old, her mother took her to a marketplace, deposited her on a bench with a fistful of food, and promised she'd be right back. Three days later a policeman took the little girl, clutching what was now only a fistful of crumbs, to a police station and told her that she'd been abandoned by her mother. Fast-forward almost 20 years and Kim's life is unrecognizable. Adopted by a young New Orleans couple, she spends her youth as one of only two Asian children in her entire community. At the age of 21, she becomes involved with a famous French businessman and suddenly finds herself living in France, mistress over his houses in Provence and Paris , and stepmother to his eight year-old daughter. Kim takes readers on a lyrical journey from Korea to New Orleans to Paris and Provence , along the way serving forth her favorite recipes. A love story at heart, this memoir is about the search for identity and a book that will appeal to anyone who is passionate about love, food, travel, and the ultimate search for self.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780446579766
0446579769
Branch Call Number: 641.5092 SUNEE
Characteristics: xxiii, 374 pages ; 22 cm

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nerowolfgal
Jan 06, 2015

Hard to rate this one. Technically well written but the "poor rich girl who doesn't know who she is" gets old really quickly. The story is full of "first world problems" eg. "I am so broke so I flew down to Spain for the weekend to cheer myself up." "My millionaire lover bought me a bookstore in Paris where I choose to only sell poetry. I never really worked there, I had staff for that, but I got to meet lots of poets. It never made money. When I left him he took it back." It is a real story and I am sure she had real pain on occasion but her endless search for her identity comes off as very, very self-absorbed. There are some good recipes though.

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Jan 06, 2015

nerowolfgal thinks this title is suitable for 20 years and over

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