The Mouse-proof Kitchen

The Mouse-proof Kitchen

Book - 2013
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Preparing to start over in idyllic Provence, France, after learning she is pregnant, Anna and her easygoing musician partner, Tobias, embark on an unexpected journey of the heart when their daughter is born with severe disabilities, a situation that is further complicated by a rickety home, eccentric neighbors, and frequent trips to the hospital.
Publisher: New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2013.
Edition: 1st Emily Bestler BooksAtria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781476705644
Characteristics: 337 p. ; 24 cm.


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Mar 21, 2017

I found this book to be a touching and compelling story about a couple trying to deal with the consequences and complications when their daughter is born with severe birth defects. I thought the reactions and descriptions of the couple's reactions and communication were very authentic and understandable while still heartbreaking. The description of Anna's emotions, especially right after her daughter's birth, when she is swinging between this overwhelming mother love and then agreeing with Tobias that maybe they should just leave her at the hospital because of how it would affect their future plans, is so vivid that you feel like you are right there in her shoes. There are other details that ring very true too, for example, how do you tell people that you're daughter is handicapped. I enjoyed the description of the land and people in France, and how they are gradually accepted into the community. (Spoiler alert) I was very happy that they decided to keep taking care of Freya and that Anna and Tobias finally figure out how to communicate with each other. I didn't think they needed the addition of the perfect twins to make a happy ending since they had finally figured out how to work together as a family. I am a sucker for a happy ending, so I am glad that Anna figured out how to improve her relationship with her mom, and that Lizzy got better, and the other couple got married. I enjoyed reading this book!

Jan 19, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this memorable story of French culture, language, food and gardening. Sad are the complicated feelings of a parent dealing with the suffering of a child. The author knew first hand in reality of this and it was evident.

madison382 Aug 01, 2013

This story is about a young couple getting ready to give birth to their first child, as in every new parents we expect our newborn to be perfect, however this was not so with this couple, the child was severely brain damaged, the husband thought they should leave the child at the hospital, but the mother just look at her child and fell in love. Don't want to give away too much, but a good read and you will see that only a mother can feel this kind of love for a newborn, whether normal or mentally challenged.

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