For fans of Kate Jacobs' The Friday Night Knitting Club and Lolly Winston's Good Grief, Darien Gee's Friendship Bread is a deeply felt, utterly charming novel about how two estranged sisters, three newfound friends, and, ultimately, a whole Midwestern town are brought together by a loaf of Friendship Bread.
Julia Everts comes home one day to find an unexpected gift of delicious Friendship Bread on her front porch. Along with the cake-like bread is a small bag of starter and instructions on how to make more and pass it along. Five years after the death of her son, Julia is still at a loss as to how to move on with her life, and even the littlest tasks can sometimes overwhelm her. But to make her daughter Gracie happy, Julia prepares the delicious bread, surprising her husband, Mark, who's been keeping their family together in this difficult time since the tragedy. When Julia meets Madeline and Hannah--two interesting newcomers to the town of Avalon--she tentatively sparks a friendship by offering them her extra starter. In no time at all, the starter is everywhere. Everyone in Avalon seems to be baking the Friendship Bread...even Julia's estranged sister, Livvy. Once extremely close, Julia and Livvy have not spoken since the death of Julia's son, in which Livvy played a role. Throughout Avalon, this mysterious bread is bringing people together--forging new friendships and renewing relationships. And with its transformative effect on people, perhaps Friendship Bread will provide Julia, Mark, and Livvy hope for a new beginning.