When Suzan Colon got laid off in 2008, she felt the need to tighten her belt and as her Nana said, "Put up soup." Suzan decided to dig out the old family recipes that helped get her foremothers through the tough times. The recipes and documents she finds peeks her curiosity about the woman behind yellowed typewritten words. With time on her hands, she asks her mother about Nana's life as a young woman and finds out that she and Nana had a lot in common.
Cherries in Winter is a quick read at 200 pages, which is a bonus. Although I liked the idea of this book and I found the stories of Nana's life interesting, I was never really attached to the author. Colon is a magazine writer and the book reads a lot like several articles to me. I found it hard to drum up sympathy for her compared to what her grandmother went through. And there are many more people in worse circumstances at the present time.
So I only thought it was an okay read. On the other hand, the cover is yummy!
Thanks to DoubleDay for the review copy.