by Sarah Weeks
This is a book that makes you smile inside when you discover the secret ingredient.
It matters – I hope you’ll read to find out why.
PIE is a fabulous story. No matter what your favorite slice might be, you’ll find it in this book. Polly Portman has a gift for making pies. Making pies brings her such joy that she makes them to give away. Walk into her pie shop, simply called PIE, and you’ll be handed the most glorious treat you can imagine – flakey light crust, perfectly sweetened filling, every slice – pure happiness.
Polly Portman is nice to everyone. Everything she does seems just right. Known for her humble kindness and her ability to remember each person’s likes and needs, Polly she takes pleasure in making others happy. She loves to share her gift and in return Polly is given all she needs to make the very best pies from the very best ingredients as they come into season. Alice Anderson has been helping her aunt for as long as she can remember. Her Aunt Polly has become her best friend and that’s why her untimely death hits with such a shockwave of grief.
PIE is closed. Aunt Polly is gone. Nothing is right. The will that Aunt Polly left is strange – the pie shop has been left to Reverend Flowers to do with as he pleases. The crust recipe has been left Lardo, the cat; and the cat had been left to Alice. This announcement launches a whole series of peculiar events through which readers get glimpses of the past and better understanding of the present. We discover why Blueberry Awards are so important. We learn why Alice’s mother, Polly’s sister is so bitter and spiteful. We come to understand why pies would be stolen and cats catnapped. We are reminded of what is truly important in making pies… and in life.
PIE is a story that will make you happy – you’ll smile over and over again when you think about it even well after the book is finished. You’ll probably find yourself opening it later to give a recipe a try. I think my favorite might be found with Charlie Erdling’s on page 114, but I have to say I have never heard of, nor tried, Aunt Polly’s favorite on page 128. I might have to in late summer to see what I think. After you’ve read PIE, we’d love to know what your favorite pie is? Is it a Portman pie, or an original. Be sure to share your recipe if it is.