In the tradition of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, White Teeth and Everything Is Illuminated, a delightful, perceptive second novel from an incredible young talent about the fundamentals of life: ambition, transgression and doughnuts.
Sabine DiPasquale wants nothing to do with her family's bakery business--much less with the Persian, a wildly popular doughnut that's caught the country's imagination and which is still handcrafted exclusively by her father. It's the early 1970s when an incident in the bakery prompts Sabine to withdraw from her family and vow to never set foot in the building again.
Ten years later, her father's untimely death forces her from solitude to reckon with a family crisis of newsworthy proportions. As the baker's only child, she's expected to sell her inherited third of the business to her uncles. But when her father takes the highly prized secret of the Persian's mysterious pink icing to the grave, this sparks a media frenzy in the small city of Thunder Bay--and leads Sabine to some unexpected discoveries. Confronted with losing everything her father staked his life on, Sabine begins to unravel the twisted, deeply hidden truth about her family's rise to prominence, her father's business dealings and the pastry at the centre of it all.