*One of Amazon's 20 Best Books of 2017*
Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Barnes & Noble, and Southern Living
In his much-anticipated new novel, Robin Sloan does for the world of food what he did for the world of books in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her—feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.
Lois is no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she’s providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer’s market, and a whole new world opens up.
When Lois comes before the jury that decides who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. But then, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly?
Leavened by the same infectious intelligence that made Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore such a sensation, while taking on even more satisfying challenges, Sourdough marks the triumphant return of a unique and beloved young writer.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sourdough is an absolute delight of a story. Robin Sloan, author of the bestselling Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, both pokes fun at and celebrates San Francisco's tech industry and foodie culture. His heroine, Lois, is newly employed as a coder for a robotics company; her days are a blur of blinking screens, deadening hours, and Slurry, a nutritive gel that provides fuel in lieu of real food. But a heartfelt gift of sourdough starter changes her life—and catapults us into a wacky, wonderful, tasty adventure.
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Uhhhhhh . . .
Liked the quirky beginning - then story took a turn to bizarro world that simply lost me. Tried several times but still haven’t been able to finish it