Soy Sauce for Beginners by Kirsten Chen
This book is a good, light read. It is chick-lit and very well-written. I enjoyed it! This book could be about a family in any country and any race, creed, religion. Family politics at its finest!
– Featured in USA Today’s “New Voices”,
-an O, The Oprah Magazine book to pick up now, and
-a Glamour book club pick.
Need I say more? These press mentions got my attention so I bought the book.
From the author, “Gretchen Lin leaves her heart (or at least her floundering marriage) in San Francisco, moves back to her childhood home in Singapore and finds herself face-to-face with the twin headaches she’s avoided her entire adult life: her mother’s drinking problem and the machinations of her father’s artisanal soy sauce business.
Surrounded by family, Gretchen struggles with the tension between personal ambition and filial duty, but still finds time to explore a new romance with the son of a client, an attractive man of few words. When an old American friend comes to town, the two of them are pulled into the controversy surrounding Gretchen’s cousin, the only male grandchild and the heir apparent to Lin’s Soy Sauce. In the midst of increasing pressure from her father to remain permanently in Singapore—and pressure from her mother to do just the opposite—Gretchen must decide whether she will return to her marriage and her graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory, or sacrifice everything and join her family’s crusade to spread artisanal soy sauce to the world.”