Charlotte au Chocolat
by: Charlotte Silver
Melissa: Recalling the fictional Eloise at the Plaza, Charlotte's childhood domain was "Upstairs at the Pudding" in Boston's Harvard Square. She had fancy dresses for all occasions, unlimited Shirley Temples and run-of-the-place most nights. To her, pink (walls, tablecloths, and lights) was the color of power!
Observing every aspect of a restaurant's peculiarities and dysfunction, she nevertheless honors the legacy of the hard work ethic borne by her parents.
When she outgrows her napping area under the bar, Charlotte made the neighborhood her own. She knew all the purveyors and ever-changing restaurant staff by name. Even as she dined daily on specialities and delicacies, she once asked her mother for the juice boxes she saw in other kids' lunches at school!
Juggling sophisticated palates, pleasures and personalities, Charlotte illuminates the mixed blessing of being a child adjacent to a very adult-oriented world.
The Time In Between
by: Maria Dueñas
Between Youth and Adulthood . . .
At age twelve, Sira Quiroga sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress. By her early twenties she has learned the ropes of the business and is engaged to a modest government clerk. But then everything changes.
Between War and Peace . . .
With the Spanish Civil War brewing in Madrid, Sira impetuously follows her handsome new lover to Morocco, but soon finds herself abandoned, penniless, and heartbroken. She reinvents herself by turning to the one skill that can save her: creating beautiful clothes.