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The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue

Written by: Barbara Samuel
Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Struggling to pick up the pieces after her marriage falls apart, Trudy Marino finds support from a quirky, eclectic group of friends, her goddesses of Kitchen Avenue. There's Jade, a fiery social worker who's finding unexpected strength to deal with her "player" ex-husband; Jade's grandmother, Roberta, who has just lost her husband of 62 years, and through memory and grief wonders what to do with the rest of her life; Shannelle, an aspiring writer, determined to realize her talent despite formidable obstacles; and Angel, a young, quietly knowing photographer who makes Trudy uncover a sensuality she never knew. When Trudy weighs what she and her husband still share against new possibilities, she'll surprise everyone, including herself, as she tries to reconcile the best of both.
©2004 Barbara Samuel (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the critics say

"Trudy, Jade, Roberta, and Shannelle are women whom readers will recognize, respect, and revere." (Booklist)
"Her characters are warmly drawn and sympathetic, their problems real and believable." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Pamela Harvey
  • 2009-01-04

Too sexy "but"...or "and"?

I did enjoy this book, very well-written, even if it seems to make the case for finding the right man as a solution to life's problems, situations and inner challenges and every "page" seems to feature a sexual encounter of one kind or another.

The characters seem to get a "pass" as they seamlessly float through their issues, and there are very few negative or sarcastic thoughts in any of their minds. I am currently reading a book in which all the characters seem to harbor deeply negative, and at times hilarious, thoughts, occasionally giving voice to them, and that seems more realistic to me. Perhaps this is influencing my judgment.

I did not take any pleasure in the frequent epigraphs, thought they were too long, too intrusive and too irrelevant. I wanted to yell at the writer "okay that's enough, get going, already!"

It's a good read for simple escape, but it paints an ideal world filled with only with the most benign of characters. The fact that one character was going to cancel her vacation to Spain so that she could stay home and work on her failed marriage seems to me to be an inappropriate set of priorities. This novel is placed in the "Romance" category so perhaps I should have borne that in mind when I purchased the book.

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  • Patricia
  • 2016-08-24

One of my favorite books

The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue is a treasure. Bernadette Dunne, the narrator, is an absolute artist. I would also recommend Madame Mirabou's School of Love.

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  • Regina
  • 2014-10-19

Another great story about women

Would you listen to The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue again? Why?

Yes, I love the relationships that are in this story. Samuel has a knack of creating great characters and plots that just makes me want more.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue?

Most memorable moment is when Trudy and Rick start to get their relationship back together. I like that it was a little work for them to learn more about each other and to treat each others as adults not just someone your with.

What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

She did a great job with the characters voices. She had the intensity some of the characters needed in order to understand them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the beginning novelist went to the writers retreat even when her husband left her, but then once he realized she wasn't going away he was her biggest fan.

Any additional comments?

Good story, but I have loved every novel from Barbara O'neal has written.