Sourdough (Large Print / Hardcover)

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Mr. Sloan had a hit on his hands with his first book, Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore.  In his latest, we meet over-worked robotics programmer Lois Clary who has just discovered the spicy soup and sourdough bread made by two brothers. When they have to leave town, the bread starter is bequeathed to her to keep alive.  Her journey to learn to bake takes her to underground food markets that sound mouth watering.  This is a funny, charming little story for foodies and good readers alike, 

— Nancy Usiak

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In his much-anticipated new novel, Robin Sloan does for the world of food what he did for the world of books in Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her--feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.

Lois is no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she's providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer's market, and a whole new world opens up.

When Lois comes before the jury that decides who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. But then, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly?

Leavened by the same infectious intelligence that made Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore such a sensation, while taking on even more satisfying challenges, Sourdough marks the triumphant return of a unique and beloved young writer.

About the Author


Robin Sloan grew up in Michigan and now splits his time between San Francisco and the Internet.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781432841751
ISBN-10: 1432841750
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
Publication Date: October 4th, 2017
Language: English