As the novel progresses, three very distinct story lines emerge - Ramona's, Sophia's, and Katie's. The reader learns about Ramona's unexpected teen pregnancy and her family's decision to send her away to live with her Aunt Poppy for the duration of the pregnancy; the hardships a pregnant Sophia faces while trying to support her newly disabled marine husband; and Katie's constant struggle choosing a harrowing life with her drug addicted mother or a life of luxury with Ramona's family.
"With my hands - at last - in dough, the tension flows out of my neck, drips benignly to the floor. Thoughts, images, memories, swirl without weight. I think of Sophia's baby growing in her belly, and of Katie's long hands, and of my mother's reference to the summer I was fifteen, and of the broken pipe in the front yard, and of learning to bake with my Aunt Poppy that fateful summer when bread saved my life. I wonder what passion lies sleeping in Katie's breast."
3 cups unbleached white flour ( I prefer King Arthur's)
1 tsp salt
1 egg white and 1 tsp cold water for wash