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A Wonderful Story on a Magical Canvas,
This review is from: The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf: A Novel (Paperback)
Our dreaded, daily misuse of carbohydrates has even the U.S. Surgeon General concerned. In the Hans Christian Andersen story, The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf, waste is at issue more than healthy eating.
Inger treasures her shoes more than the bread she was asked to deliver to her family. Therefore, as with any failed diet plan, Inger sinks to the bottom of a bog and turns to stone. The pure weight of Inger's sin holds her in place while her eyes dart about and her ears hear every ugly thing said about her in her absence.
In Kathryn Davis' novel, the idea of Inger's sin is revisited by Helle Ten Brix, a spunky lesbian composer who seeks to change the world's view of the bread sin. Frances Thorn and Helle Ten Brix are unlikely friends in life and odd partners after Helle's death.
As Frances seeks to piece together clues about Helle's unusual life and to complete an inherited unfinished opera for her dead friend, she takes a revealing journey that proves both entertaining and thought-provoking for the reader.