Club Sandwich

by Lisa Samson

This is the second book I’ve read by Lisa Samson, an author I fell in love with after reading another of her novels, Tiger Lillie, last fall.

At first I was a bit taken aback by the completely different tone of this book. In contrast to the beautiful and near-lyrical quality of Tiger Lillie, this book has a harder edge. But I quickly realized that the tone of Club Sandwich perfectly suited its primary character, Ivy Schneider; a middle-aged woman sandwiched between the needs of her children and her aging mother. As if it’s not enough to juggle those needs, Ivy also struggles with a marriage that’s deteriorating and an ailing family business.

I love Samson’s writing because she does such a perfect job taking on the voice of her characters. (Her books are written in first person.) As you read Club Sandwich, you really feel like you’re hearing these experiences from Ivy, not some third party author. She also weaves in stories from the characters past, slowly revealing the rich tapestry of their dreams, faith, fears, and personalities.

This isn’t a book with shocking plot twists. It doesn’t have a dramatic or highly romantic story line. And yet I couldn’t put it down. It’s just an insightful look at real life, real people, and real faith. And that earns it a very high recommendation from me.

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