Recently I picked up the book Bouillabaisse by Stacey Sauter at this year’s BookCon in NYC. She was nice enough to give me an advanced copy. I received many books this way but I read this book first and I am very glad that I did.
It is based in the 1960’s with a family that takes in it’s cousins because their mom has been killed by their adoring father who is on the lamb after robbing banks. Gail is the the main character in this book. She is 15 and awakes one morning to find a baby boy in the lower drawer of her bureau. This baby is one of the children that comes to live with her family after the horrible “fall” that her aunt has taken when pregnant with this baby. Gail becomes the child in the house that helps her father and mother take in her now homeless cousins. Oh by the way they are all boys and Patti is the lone girl who comes to live with Gail’s family and she has special needs.
This story will bring the memories back for older female readers but I think that younger teen girls need to read this and will also love it’s story for a different reason. I liked the story because it resonated with my Catholic upbringing and it shows how far females have progressed in being able to make our own choices. Teenage girls with understand what it takes to have a baby at a young age. This is always the best birth control as I see it!
Gail is a strong young lady and she questions the adults in this story. She also sees the needs of her cousin Patty who is not treated too nicely at first in regards to doing what the other kids in the family are expected to do. Gail’s father makes an agenda for each kid to be responsible for dinner once a week and Patty also wants this responsibility. Needless to say, one of her cousins calls out her inability to do such a thing with her intelligence. Patty finds help with the neighborhood’s Catholic school nuns who teach Patty how to make Bouillabaisse soup.
The book continues to follow the path of Gail’s family as they struggle in taking care of all of the family’s needs since they all have to depend on each other under one salary by Gail’s father. Gail’s mother loses some of her get up and go from losing her sister in such a cruel way and Gail leads the family in a story that leads you to an ending that is surprising and well told.
Bouillabaisse is available now on Amazon in paperback and is a book that you need to read. Loved it.