Keeping the Feast is an amazing memoir. It stirs the taste buds, as Paula describes the wonderful food that keeps her going..."I would buy a shiny, plump purple-black eggplant. Or a handful of slender green beans, so fresh and young you could eat them raw... a mountain of mid-winter spinach, barely warm and drizzled with olive oil and lemon...". We are entranced by the descriptions of the narrow streets of Italy, the vendors that abound, and the beauty. But at the same time we are enjoying the wonderful descriptions of food, Italy and love, we read along as tragedy strikes and Paula must deal with her husband Johns external wounds as well as his growing depression. It's a story of the "simple rituals of life" and how important they can be in our every day lives. Paula feeds the senses with her writing as the story unfolds in flashbacks. It's an important story, one in which others dealing with tragedy and the difficulties of living with someone with depression or an illness may find inspiration from Paula Butturini. Read the first chapter of Keeping the Feast! The story is captivating and the writing will keep your attention.
I want to thank Lydia from Riverhead Books for sending this book along to me! Thanks Lydia, it was such a good read!