Friday, May 31st, 2013
A Review of
Better Food for a Better World: A Novel
Reviewed by Mary Bowling
In Erin McGraw’s novel, Better Food for a Better World, three couples of Californian thirtysomethings who have known each other since college decide to partner up and change the world for the better through ice cream. Natural High: Better Food for a Better World is the name of the shop the six friends take turns running and managing, all while waiting to see the betterment happen around them and in their own lives. Nancy is the originator of the idea and dominant partner who, along with her husband, cows the others into acquiescence. Cecilia and David are a meticulous and meek wannabe musician and agriculturalist, and Vivy and Sam are free-spirited ex-promoters of offbeat talent. While day in and day out Nancy recites the supposedly inspirational mantras of Natural High, the others quietly simmer as they wrestle with the lives they have given up in order to sell ice cream.