The novel, written with exceptional artistry both in style and content is a book one needs to read at least twice in order to fully understand its meaning.
What remains of the Coseys is the large house on Monarch Street that Bill Cosey had built for his family. This family includes his daughter-in-law May, who died deranged, his granddaughter Christine who was sent away and stayed away until she returned penniless, and his second wife Heed, whom he married when she was eleven years old. Looking over everyone is the spirit of L, the former cook of the Cosey’s, who provides commentary on the story, thereby providing a bridge between the Cosey’s of the past and the Cosey’s of the present. L is also the moral center and philosopher of the novel.
The action takes place in the 1990’s, but the characters reminisce of time each spent in the presence of Bill Cosey, and we see how he influenced their lives and how he continues to be an influence even some 20 years after his death. We also see how close the distance between love and hate can be. Christine and Heed, who had been loving childhood friends have a wedge driven between them by the adults around them when Bill Cosey decides to take Heed as his wife. Their relationship turns to one of hate, and it is not until a newcomer, a girl named Junior Viviane enters their lives, that events occur which melt their hate instantly, and they realize how strong the love each has for the other still is. This knowledge comes late, after their lives are wasted because they were not nurtured as children.
In contrast, Romen, a teenage character in the novel, has in his life the guidance and love of an intact family. The guidance he receives molds his character in such a way that he can act heroically when needed.
Because Vida, who is Romen’s grandmother likes pineapple, I decided to make a pineapple smoothie. In this way, I am contributing to Novel Food, the literary/culinary event hosted by Simona from Briciole. Read something, cook something inspired by the work, and then write a post about it. That’s Novel Food!
HOW I MAKE A PINEAPPLE "LOVE" SMOOTHIE:
2 cups fresh pineapple cut into chunks
2 oranges, peeled, broken up into segments, seeds removed
1 banana, peeled, cut into chunks
½ cup 2% Greek yogurt
1 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoons shredded coconut
Add all the ingredients except the shredded coconut into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and sprinkle the top with shredded coconut.
IT'S REFRESHING!!! And it's smooth as silk, which reminds me of Silk, the fictional town in which the novel "Love" is set.