Love & Saffron

A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love

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Pub Date 08 Feb 2022 | Archive Date Not set
PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons

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The Instant National Bestseller and #1 Indie Next Pick

In the vein of the classic 84, Charing Cross Road, this witty and tender novel follows two women in 1960s America as they discover that food really does connect us all, and that friendship and laughter are the best medicine.

When twenty-seven-year-old Joan Bergstrom sends a fan letter--as well as a gift of saffron--to fifty-nine-year-old Imogen Fortier, a life-changing friendship begins. Joan lives in Los Angeles and is just starting out as a writer for the newspaper food pages. Imogen lives on Camano Island outside Seattle, writing a monthly column for a Pacific Northwest magazine, and while she can hunt elk and dig for clams, she’s never tasted fresh garlic--exotic fare in the Northwest of the sixties. As the two women commune through their letters, they build a closeness that sustains them through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, and the unexpected in their own lives.
Food and a good life—they can’t be separated. It is a discovery the women share, not only with each other, but with the men in their lives. Because of her correspondence with Joan, Imogen’s decades-long marriage blossoms into something new and exciting, and in turn, Joan learns that true love does not always come in the form we expect it to. Into this beautiful, intimate world comes the ultimate test of Joan and Imogen’s friendship—a test that summons their unconditional trust in each other.
A brief respite from our chaotic world, Love & Saffron is a gem of a novel, a reminder that food and friendship are the antidote to most any heartache, and that human connection will always be worth creating.
The Instant National Bestseller and #1 Indie Next Pick

In the vein of the classic 84, Charing Cross Road, this witty and tender novel follows two women in 1960s America as they discover that food...

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Written in epistolary format and set in the 1960s, this beautiful book tracks the friendship between two women, Imogen and Joan, as they get to know each other through letters. Imogen Fortier is a longtime columnist for a magazine and lives on Camano Island near Seattle. Joan, who is younger, is a new food columnist in Los Angeles. When Joan writes Imogen a fan letter and encloses a recipe and some saffron, the women begin a correspondence that develops into a wonderful relationship. Incorporating the history of the era, food, and personal tidbits, the women bond and become close friends as they correspond about their lives. Filled to the brim with humor and heart, Love & Saffron is a joy from start to finish. It will be in my top reads of the year and is historical fiction at its finest.

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Love & Saffron by Kim Fay was absolutely brilliant in both it’s simplicity and complexity.
It’s a quick read that you will think about long after it is over. And for you foodies, it has recipes!

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and the publisher. This is my honest and personal review.

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This book is just lovely. A wonderful exchange between food lovers. Normally, I don't like these sorts of books but it really worked in this book. Just a warm hearted story. Highly recommend

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What a delight! The correspondence of the book occurs between a young newspaper reporter in California and an older woman in Washington. I felt like I knew these women and was privileged to be part of their friendship.

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This charming epistolary book revolves around "friendship, food, and love." Set in the 1960s, a young woman living in Los Angeles writes a letter of admiration to a journalist living in Seattle. This starts a years-long very close friendship between the two women, focusing primarily on recipes, ethnic food, ingredients, and taste sensations. It is a very quick read and a wonderful escape from reality.

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