Jera’s Jamboree review : Season to Taste by Natalie Young

season to tastePaperback: 288 pages

Publisher: Tinder Press (16 Jan 2014)

ISBN-10: 1472209362

ISBN-13: 978-1472209368

Always let the meat rest under foil for at least ten minutes before carving…

Meet Lizzie Prain. Ordinary housewife. Fifty-something. Lives in a cottage in the woods, with her dog Rita. Likes cooking, avoids the neighbours. Runs a little business making cakes.

No one has seen Lizzie’s husband, Jacob, for a few days. That’s because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in the back of his head with a spade. And if she’s going to embark on the new life she feels she deserves after thirty years in Jacob’s shadow, she needs to dispose of his body. Her method appeals to all her practical instincts, though it’s not for the faint-hearted. Will Lizzie have the strength to follow it through?

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It’s obvious what Lizzie intends to do from the blurb … and as she goes about de-frosting parts of Jacob’s body to be used creatively in the dishes she makes the reader finds out not only how she separated each part but also how she prepares the parts of the body for cooking.

The life that leads Lizzie to this point is quite poignant.  As the story moves along we find out about her relationship with Jacob.

The introduction of Tom from a neighbouring farm adds another dimension to the story.  I couldn’t make up my mind about him …

I think Lizzie’s personality is summed up easily by the meticulousness of labelling each freezer package …

Self-help lists are scattered throughout the story and are ‘darkly’ humorous.  In my proof copy:

57.          So far you have eaten your husband’s right hand and his left foot.

58.          Give yourself some credit for achievement.

139.        You are not having a normal human experience.  Defrosting your husband’s upper body in the garden in preparation for roast and consumption is not everyday!  Go To Guildford and shop if you have to.  Buy a bra.  Do anything.  But do not try to make friends right now!

I wasn’t sure quite what to expect with Season to Taste. I had to keep reminding myself it was fiction (even having a conversation with my OH and tagging on the end “but it is fiction”) because I could actually see this happening.

Young has obviously researched the ‘medical’ side as this is very authentic.
The ending left me wanting to know more.  I have no problem with a story ending without a resolution but I felt there are many things left in the air.

Writing Season to Taste was a creative channel that Young used when she split from her husband.  A great way to use that energy 🙂

Listen to Natalie Young talking about Season to Taste (highest accolade for keeping a straight face while talking):

Buy it and spread the word

Buy it and spread the word

I would like to thank the publishers for providing a proof copy in exchange for an honest review.

Tweet with the author @natalieyyoung

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2 thoughts on “Jera’s Jamboree review : Season to Taste by Natalie Young

  1. It’s definitely not a book for the squeamish this one but the subtitle on the cover makes that clear, I guess! I found this a really interesting book to read: I liked how more and more was revealed throughout and Lizzie’s character was fascinating and I thought that Tom’s narration helped to point to the way things would turn out, and what happened to her afterwards, so I didn’t mind the open-ended way that it was left at all.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kath.

      I think we got a real feel for Jacob through the reflections…

      Coincidentally, a dog walker found a limb on a local golf course and I thought, this is it! But then they found the body high up in a tree (very sad). A testament to how real the story felt and how real it could actually all be!

      Shaz

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