THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING
(Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, Summer 2016)
Louise Miller is a writer and pastry chef living in Boston, MA. She received a scholarship to attend Grub Street’s Novel Incubator program, where she revised her first novel. Her debut THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING is forthcoming from Pamela Dorman Books (Viking/Penguin Random House) in summer 2016. She is an art school dropout, an amateur flower gardener, an old-time banjo player, an obsessive movie goer, and a champion of old dogs.
About THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING
THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING is the story of Olivia Rawlings, award-winning pastry chef, trainwreck, and steadfast city dweller, whose life gets turned upside down when she drops a flaming baked Alaska in front of the entire membership of the Emerson Club—including the Club’s president (her lover) and his wife—and lights the building on fire. Livvy flees to the most comforting place she can think of: Guthrie, Vermont, home of Bag Balm, the country’s longest-running contra dance, and her best friend, Hannah. Knowing that her days at the Emerson are numbered and her bank account is inching toward the negative, Livvy accepts a job at the Sugar Maple Inn. But she soon discovers that she has been hired for more then her fluffy meringue. The inn’s cantankerous, sweater-set wearing owner, Margaret Hurley, longtime winner of the county fair’s apple pie contest, has seen her reign come to an end. And she has hired—and fired—some of the county’s best bakers in her quest to get back on top. In Guthrie, Livvy finds the home and love she never knew she wanted. When the pressure cooker of small-town living threatens to explode, Livvy must decide whether to do what she does best and flee, or stay and find out what it means to commit.