- Simon & Schuster Audio |
- ISBN 9781442363007 |
- June 2013
Susan Rebecca White: What Are You Reading?
Reading Group Guide
Spanning over sixty years and along the East Coast, A Place at the Table follows Alice Stone, an African-American chef who flees North Carolina in the 1930s; Bobby Banks, a Southern Baptist preacher’s gay son who moves to New York City just before the AIDS epidemic begins; and Amelia Brighton, a newly-single Connecticut mother of two who yearns to rediscover herself after a painful separation. While their backgrounds vary, each character becomes inextricably linked to Café Andres, a hole-in-the-wall Manhattan restaurant made famous by Alice’s cooking and its clientele. As Alice, Bobby, and Amelia persevere through personal struggles, broken hearts, and secrets, they ultimately discover the power food—and love—possesses to bring people together both within and beyond the kitchen.
Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. In Alice’s prologue, language is a symbol of empowerment and oppression for her family, and her relatives both pride themselves see more