Every Day Doughnuts

Patrice Adcroft, Author
Patrice Adcroft, Author St. Martin's Press $17.95 (209p) ISBN 978-0-312-08139-3
Reviewed on: 11/02/1992
Release date: 11/01/1992
The former editor-in-chief of Omni draws on her knowledge of her father's own business to create this kitschy, loosely plotted first novel set in a Pennsylvania doughnut shop. Each of the 13 interrelated vignettes highlights one of Every Day Doughnuts's workers--and there's even a story about ``The Regulars.'' Truckers and police swill no-frills coffee; dough is expertly fried, iced and filled with ``creme''; sugar, flour and grease collect on every exposed surface. Away from work, one waitress earns extra money as a belly-dancing balloon-deliverer, fulfilling her goal to move out of the projects. Another veteran waitress inherits a fortune and spends it on custom-tailored uniforms. One memorable tale focuses on Every Day's owner, who's under pressure from a rival cruller-seller. Authenticity and regional color are the notable features here: the relentlessly optimistic characters browse through supermarket tabloids, shop at the Salvation Army and live in low-rent apartments as they strive for better lives. The uncomplicated story lines take distant second place to the glamourless and yet hopeful atmosphere. (Nov.)
The Best Books, Emailed Every Week
Tip Sheet!