Review: Sourdough: A Novel by Robin Sloan


My Interest

I LOVED Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, so when I discovered this book in a desperate search for an available audiobook from my TBR. I had originally learned of this book from the blogger Modern Mrs. Darcy.

The Story

Techie Lois leaves a dull job in Michigan for a fabulous opportunity in San Francisco developing code for robotic arms. Dead tired one evening she orders take-out from a flier for a neighborhood place. Their “double-spicy” meal becomes her go-to take-out meal. It comes with amazing bread–freshly baked sourdough bread. It’s San Francisco after all! Then one evening, the worst thing possible happens–they guys who make this amazing meal are giving it all up! Lois is despondent. Finally one of the brothers brings her a crock of their amazing sourdough starter and it is the ultimate game-changer for Lois.

My Thoughts

Like Mr. Penumbra, or like Sarah Addison Allen’s books, Sourdough is a blend of “sounds real” and  “Wait, did you just stick fantasy in here?” It’s a fun mix that makes for a fast-paced story without any big-evil-Oprah-Book-Club-books stuff. In short–a very enjoyable read. I especially enjoyed the ladies of the Lois Club–I wish they’d had a bigger role. That was simply brilliant. The rest of the book was good, but it was not as engaging as Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store though I appreciate how hard it would be to top that one. I look forward to more books from Robin Sloan.

My Verdict

3 Stars

I listened to the audio version


Sourdough: A Novel by Robin Sloan. For once I like the paperback cover WAY, WAY better than the dead-boring blue thing the book was saddled with on release. The paperback cover coveys much more of the fun and excitement of the book.


What is Sourdough? How do you make a Starter?

For those who may be curious, here is how to make a sourdough starter from, who else? The folks at King Arthur Flour (read the book and you’ll understand this reference!) Click the link below to read all about it!

Sourdough Starter


7 thoughts on “Review: Sourdough: A Novel by Robin Sloan

  1. Great review! I haven’t actually read Mr. Penumbra (it’s been on my TBR list for years), but I read Sourdough last year on a plane, and couldn’t put it down! I thought it was so weird… and I loved the weirdness. And I loved the Lois Club too!

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