Showing posts from January, 2013

"The Summer Kitchen," by Karen Weinreb

"The Summer Kitchen," by Karen Weinreb

In an instant, one woman’s perfect world is turned inside out

When Nora Banks goes to answer the doorbell very early one November 1st, she thinks it must be tardy trick-or-treaters. But it’s no Halloween prank—it’s the Feds, who have come to arrest her husband Evan for a white-collar crime. Nora’s enviable life in the eighteenth-century house she’d filled her days renovating to museum-quality perfection is upended.

In this of-the-moment story about the loss of wealth and social prominence, the private-school mothers in Nora’s exclusive community close ranks against her and her young sons. Only the boys’ nanny Beatriz stands by the family. To support her children, Nora is forced to take a job in the same bakery in which the mothers share coffee every morning. While tempted by the offer of an affair with one of their husbands, she reaches into reserves she didn’t know she had. Thwarting a malevolent wife intent on running her out of town, No…