"Soup for the Soul." The Year of Soup by @HoRoRe #romance

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The Year of Soup

Written by Howard Reiss

Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary Fiction, LGBT



At the age of 30, Tess has had three jobs and three significant relationships with two men and one woman – each lasting three years. Drifting through life, confused about her sexuality, Tess decides to live a life of celibacy and to open up a restaurant devoted to soup. Tess has a talent for making soups with strong medicinal and spiritual qualities – something passed down from her great-great grandmother, a descendant of one of the Salem witches.

In the second week of the restaurant’s opening, an elderly professor of English, Roger Beanstock, comes in at closing time. “Beany,” haunted by his own past has lived a celibate life devoted to his work. He visits the restaurant every Thursday night for the next year to share soup and wine with Tess, which she calls the Year of Soup, before taking his life.

Shortly after Beany’s death, Tess meets Jim at the restaurant, a furniture maker with his own reasons for keeping to himself. It is through a series of letters that “Beany” has left for Tess that she learns the truth about the Professor, is able to come to terms with her own sexuality, and discover Jim’s own tragic secret that will change both of their lives.

An excerpt from

The Year of Soup

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Soup for the Soul

"The Year of Soup" is a beautifully written book. The story is filled with emotions revolving around loss, love, hope and resignation. It is a book that makes one think as well as feel. The writing is lyrical, poetic and just beautiful.

I read it thinking that people don't really speak this way, especially not people I have ever met, but how I wish they did. Mr. Reiss is a poet himself, stringing together words into prose worthy of any poetry anthology.

Being a college professor, I appreciate the intelligence of the book. Being a romantic and lover of poetry, I appreciate the lyrical prose and all the poems that are shared in the story. Being a cook and creator of recipes, I appreciate the thoughts about soup, both in recipes and in the emotional power of them.

This is a book I don't want to delete from my library because there are so many quotes, poems, thoughts and sentences that I want to refer to over and over again, places in the story that would have been dog-eared and highlighted had I read it in a paper book rather than on a tablet. This is a wonderful book that makes me crave soup and all its healing powers.

Awesome story

Really good book! I so enjoyed reading the interactions between Tess and the professor. They drank wine and talked about authors, books, and life. I could picture the whole conversation unfolding in the little soup restaurant. They spent a year mulling over the mysteries of love and life and it's nice to get a peek into what they discussed.

There were some delicious sounding soups served in the soup restaurant, too. I love to cook and I love soup. It was nice hearing about which soups they were eating and how she came to get the recipe for it.

This is an easy to read book that is well written, thought provoking, and very interesting. I enjoyed it!