From the Kitchen of Half Truth is the debut novel of Maria Goodin and what a debut it is! I adored this novel and read it in a day as I just could not put it down. I was captivated by this whimsical story from the very first page to the very last. This absolutely beautiful novel is a tale of love, loss, and the stories we tell to hide from the ghosts of our past. It is sad, happy, funny, and quirky – it is fabulous!
What is real and what isn’t? That’s a question that Meg has been asking herself for many years. Meg and her mother Val have been on their own for as long as Meg can remember. Meg’s mother has always been different from other mothers but when Meg was young and would tell her friends all the outlandish stories her mom told her like taking hot dogs out for a walk or the runner beans jogging around the kitchen they liked her for it. As she got older though they started to laugh at her instead and she built very up very strong walls to protect herself. Meg knew that these fantastic stories of her birth and upbringing couldn’t be true but her mother stuck to them. Ultimately Meg decides that she wants no part of a make believe world and she puts her focus on science instead – something concrete – something believable and she never looks back.
That is not until her mother becomes ill and she comes home to care for her. Meg’s mother lives in a fantasy world and has always preferred stories of fairies and such to the rigors of the real world. This has left Meg lost though and not knowing really who she is. She hopes that this time spent with her mother may bring to light the truth of her past so that she can truly know who she is. Her mother refuses to talk though but while rummaging through some of her mother’s things Meg finds something that could quite possibly open some doors that may have been better left closed.
I really liked Meg. From the very beginning you feel drawn to her just because of all the uncertainty she feels over her past. As the novel progresses and she learns more about her mother and they spend this special time together Meg realizes that her mother may have had her best interests at heart all along.
From the Kitchen of Half Truth isn’t a novel that can be easily summarized. It is one you need to experience yourself. It’s beautifully written and you find yourself lost in the vivid descriptions of food and the gardens that Meg’s mother so loves. While at times sad this novel really shows the beauty of the human spirit that some people carry within themselves and it warmed my heart. I laughed at the quirkiness of this novel and I cried at the trying times but one thing is for certain and that is that I loved this book! You know a book is special when you turn that last page and you want to go back to the beginning and experience it all over again. I highly recommend this wonderful debut novel!
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Source: Review copy provided by Sourcebooks via NetGalley. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.