Sourdough: A Novel

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"Robin Sloan's second novel is an entertaining concoction of probiotic and high-tech ingredients...This is a funny, effervescent book told in the first person and given full range by Therese Plummer, whose youthful voice captures the matter-of-fact nature of Lois's unjaded, scientific temperament and the dizzying ups and downs of her spirits." -- The Washington Post "Therese Plummer, veteran narrator of more than 300 audiobooks, brings a delightfully loopy creativity to the delightfully loopy novel..." -- Chicago Tribune In his much-anticipated new audiobook, Robin Sloan does for the world of food what he did for the world of books in Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her--feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.

Lois is no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she's providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer's market, and a whole new world opens up.

When Lois comes before the jury that decides who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. But then, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly?

Leavened by the same infectious intelligence that made Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore such a sensation, while taking on even more satisfying challenges, Sourdough marks the triumphant return of a unique and beloved young author.

Includes bonus material that provides an audiobook-only glimpse at the evolving relationship between Lois and Slurry, the company upon whose dystopian meal replacements she and her engineer friends all subsist.

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Full title sourdough
Author sloan robin
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-05-20 08:35:51AM
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Bakers -- Fiction, Cooking (Sourdough), Cooking (Sourdough) -- Fiction, Domestic fiction, Fantasy fiction, Farmers' markets -- Fiction, Large type books, San Francisco (Calif.) -- Fiction, Sourdough bread, Sourdough bread -- Fiction, Sourdough starter -- Fiction, Women computer programmers -- Fiction
title_display Sourdough : a novel
title_full Sourdough / Robin Sloan, Sourdough : a novel / Robin Sloan, Sourdough A Novel
title_short Sourdough :
title_sub A Novel
topic_facet Bakers, Cooking (Sourdough), Fantasy, Farmers' markets, Fiction, Large type books, Literature, Sourdough bread, Sourdough starter, Women computer programmers