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ISBN:
0749936754
Author:
Carrie Kabak
Category:
Contemporary
Language:
English
Publisher:
Piatkus Books (September 7, 2006)
Pages:
320 pages
EPUB book:
1248 kb
FB2 book:
1745 kb
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1218 kb
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Rating:
4.2
Votes:
392


Cover the Butter Paperback – Bargain Price, May 2, 2006. Kabak's debut, set in Wales, covers familiar familial territory

Cover the Butter Paperback – Bargain Price, May 2, 2006. by. Carrie Kabak (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Kabak's debut, set in Wales, covers familiar familial territory. When 40-something Kate Cadogan arrives home to find her house trashed by her teenage son, Charlie, she succumbs to a long overdue need to take stock of her desperate housewife life. We revisit Kate from her 1970s teenhood forward: her mother Biddy's cold and obtrusive "controlling passion" rules the family roost and dictates everything from Kate's clothes to her intended career, while her father is devoted but feckless.

Cover the Butter book. Carrie Kabak's Cover The Butter is the story of one woman's coming-of-age: the twists, turns and broken relationships that brought her to that wrecked kitchen in what was once her marital home. Kate Cadogan's teenage son has just broken her heart. We're introduced to her controlling and manipulative mother, Biddy; her mousy but attentive father, Tom; her Scottish grandparents, the true heroes of this story, Mamgu and Griff; and Kate's best friends from school, Moira and Ingrid.

Fiona Steinkamp (Goodreads Author), Carrie Kabak (Cover design).

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Cover The Butter Carrie Kabak’s Cover The Butter is a wonderful and engaging read! Characters are richly drawn and they pulled all of my emotional strings: first empathy for Kate, later triumph; distaste, scorn and, ultimately, pity for Biddy, her mother; disdain.

Cover The Butter Carrie Kabak’s Cover The Butter is a wonderful and engaging read! Characters are richly drawn and they pulled all of my emotional strings: first empathy for Kate, later triumph; distaste, scorn and, ultimately, pity for Biddy, her mother; disdain.

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Carrie Kabak (née Howells) is an author, copywriter, and graphic designer. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Her first book, Cover the Butter, won a AudioFile Earphones Award in 2006

Carrie Kabak (née Howells) is an author, copywriter, and graphic designer. Her first book, Cover the Butter, won a AudioFile Earphones Award in 2006. Cover the Butter (2005), Dutton Adult. For Keeps, Seal Press. He Said What?, Seal Press. Exit Laughing, North Atlantic Books.

Carrie Kabak is an author, copywriter, and graphic designer Carrie Kabak. Posts About Carrie Kabak.

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About Cover the Butter. Carrie Kabak is a former children’s book illustrator. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, she now lives in Missouri. Cover the Butter is her first novel. Get ready to cheer for Kate Cadogan, a fortysomething woman who has spent her life trying to please her husband, her son, her mother, and her father without a moment’s thought to her own needs.

  • Silvermaster
I'm So happy I discovered this book. I was at a bookstore and saw it on the shelves, looking very innocent and tempting. WELL, this is a great book! And the author is new so there are more books from Ms. Kabak on my list to be sure. I just hope she writes fast enough for me to devour them. Okay, back to the book. What a wonderful read. I won't repeat every detail or give anything away, but this novel took me back to my past and made me rethink so many things that had happened to me in terms of my relationships, especially with my own mother and ex-husband. It's the kind of novel where you say to yourself: Yes, I am that woman. That was me. And you feel Katie Cadogan's (the protagonist) embarassments, frustrations, joys and awkward moments as she journeys back to her teen years, then through all the incidents (some horrifying) in her life that brought her to where she is now, and where she ends up: a completely independent woman who knows what she wants and makes decisions based not on other's needs and demands--not anymore--but on her own. Read this novel. Buy it. It's a very special, beautifully written book.
  • BeatHoWin
I agree with other reviewers -- enjoyable, small-scale novel, especially good in creating a sense of the expectations faced by a middle-class British woman born in the early 1950s.

However, the editorial description of the book is misleading. (Not the author's fault, I suspect.) The book isn't really "set in Wales" in any sense that matters. Yes, the Welsh grandparents come into the story occasionally, complete with bits of Welsh language, and the main character moves to Cardiff -- but there's basically no local color or sense of place, so if you're looking for a novel "about" or "set in" Wales, this isn't it.
  • artman
I absolutely loved this book! I listened to the audio version. It was unabridged, and 10 wonderful hours of listening to narrator Kate Reading who really did "perform." She used different voices for each character, and has the most delightful British accent. She also knows how to speak in "American" as well as Welsh and French. I came to really care about the main character, Kate, and felt I knew her well. Very good book, one of the best of the year so far! Refreshing!
  • Dorizius
I loved this book. I finished it a few months ago, and I still think about the characters, the story, and the wonderful style of writing. Sometimes, books about a character's personal struggles can feel plodding to me. I like books that give me a lot to think about but still keep me turning those pages. Ms. Kabek manages to do both in Cover the Butter. It's excellent.
  • Cerana
This is a super funny read from start to finish. It was recommended by a new friend as being relateable and amusing and it absolutely delivered. I have shared it with others too because it truly entertains. I found myself truly laughing out loud.
  • Coiriel
Carrie Kabak does a beautiful job of telling a deep, compelling story in an accessible style. It's rare to find a book that is both meaningful and a delight to read.
  • Bukus
Carrie Kabak's COVER THE BUTTER is the story of one woman's coming-of-age: the twists, turns and broken relationships that brought her to that wrecked kitchen in what was once her marital home. We're introduced to her controlling and manipulative mother, Biddy; her mousy but attentive father, Tom; her Scottish grandparents, the true heroes of this story, Mamgu and Griff; and Kate's best friends from school, Moira and Ingrid. We travel back in time to when Kate was a teen herself, standing complacently as Biddy ordered her about. Trying to please her mother. Trying to get her mother's attention.

Kabak's novel is, first and foremost, an exploration of motherhood -- and what it means to be a mother and a daughter. And Biddy? Well, she isn't a very good one. The entire length of the book, Biddy dangles her approval over Kate's head like a balloon: visible but always out of reach. Unattainable. It's not until she meets Rodney -- dependable, boring, from-good-stock Rodney -- that Biddy finally begins to show her only child some approval. And Kate craves it like a drug.

I started COVER THE BUTTER over the weekend and devoured it quickly, soaking up as many passages at a time as I could. Highly readable and with excellent voice and flow, Kabak's writing was engaging, entertaining and unique. Told entirely from Kate's perspective, I really felt like I got to know our heroine -- and could relate to her struggles to please everyone in the world but herself. When her mother dismisses her dreams of baking and canning preserves, she banishes them, too. When Rodney tells her he'd prefer her to stay home with the baby, building her life up within the home, she does.

The book's strength, for me, came from Kate herself. It was fascinating to read about a woman's entire life -- or, well, the life she's lived to date. Sprinkled with plenty of humor and anecdotes, COVER THE BUTTER had a serious side, too, and dealt with plenty of growing-up issues. But for as dense as that sounds, the story flew by in Kabak's capable hands. By the time I'd reached the story's denouement, I was shocked. Over so soon?

Fans of women's fiction and/or British fiction might find this a warm, interesting and entertaining read that hasn't garnered much attention. And if you head into the novel knowing Kate lives most of her life on someone else's timeframe, you'll appreciate her a little better. And hopefully cheer a little louder when she's finally released from those bonds.
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