Thursday Book Review: “Sustenance”

Elizabeth Wassell is an American novelist who now resides in Ireland. Her book Sustenance is the focus of this week’s Thursday Book Review. Sustenance journeys into respected food critic Lily’s sumptuous world, but also delves into a past filled with menace. It’s a captivating work of fiction filled with romance, secrets, and mouth-watering descriptions of food. See what readers have been saying about this Liberties Press title, and purchase your copy today!


Publishers Weekly

“Wassell’s newest (after Dangerous Pity) is a delicate exploration of the relationships between food and culture, men and women, children and their parents, and Europe and America.”

“Like a fine dining experience, this story can be savored in small bites and enjoyed for its subtlety”

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Review: Popular Fiction: Sustenance by Elizabeth Wassell

Mary Shine Thompson |

“Sustenance, Elizabeth Wassell’s fifth novel, is all about the art of food. It is also a passionate reflection on the link between good taste and the good life.”

“This is a poetic, thoughtful novel that insists we confront our multiple prejudices.”

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Cooking up a satisfying modern romance

Katy Hayes | The Irish Times

“The best writing occurs in Lily’s memories of the terrible experiences of humiliation at the hands of her mother’s rages, and it is in the probing of this trauma that the novel triumphs, with a compelling exploration of psychological fallout.”

“Sustenance, complete with a satisfying happy ending, is a high-end contemporary romance novel, delving into questions of civilisation, race and origin, with gourmet food served as an elaborate side dish.”

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Elizabeth Wassell’s fifth novel Sustenance is an opulent tale of food and love. Who is Lily Murphy? She has platinum-blonde hair but dark eyes; she was born in New York to the daughter of a ballet dancer, but educated in England, and now she is a restaurant critic in Dublin.

In Sustenance, we journey into Lily’s world of sumptuous meals, but also into her troubled past, where the dinner table was heavy with menace. We also meet Nicholas Savage, the brilliant chef with whom she falls in love, but who, like Lily, harbors a dark secret. In scenes from Dublin to Belfast, Paris to Nice, and London to New York, Lily’s world of restaurants, and her milieu of eccentric friends, lovers and the occasional enemy, is vividly portrayed.

This mouth-watering novel – full of passion, pathos and startling descriptions of food – explores the mysterious realms of the heart and mind.

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