The Year of Soup

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ROMANCE LGBT

Contemporary

Howard Reiss

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This is a story about Tess who at the age of 30 has had three jobs and three significant relationships with two men and one woman – each lasting three years. Drifting through life, confused about her sexuality, Tess decides to live a life of celibacy and to open up a restaurant devoted to soup.

Genre

Romance,LGBT

Short Summary

Tess opens a soup restaurant and interacts with the town characters.


Her favorite customer, Professor Beany, commits suicide, but she meets another troubled soul and finds love again.

Setting

Northampton, Mass

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Rebellion Against 'The One'

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Tess

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Engaging,Insecure,Funny,Romantic,Charming,Adventurous,Educated,Sexy,Skillful,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Professor Beany

Age: 80

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Educated,Lone Wolf,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Honorable,Blunt,Skillful,Funny,Sarcastic,Secretive,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Chief of Police, Waitress, local beautician, gas station owner and suiter

Age: various

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Crazy,Insecure,Funny,Outspoken,Blunt,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: mechanic

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Clumsy,Insecure,Masculine,Funny,Romantic

Development Pitch

This is a story about Tess who at the age of 30 has had three jobs and three significant relationships with two men and one woman – each lasting three years. Drifting through life, confused about her sexuality, Tess decides to try a life of celibacy and to open up a restaurant devoted to soup. Tess has a talent for making soups with strong medicinal and spiritual qualities – something passed down from her great-great grandmother, a descendant of one of the Salem witches. In the second week of the restaurant’s opening, an elderly professor of English, Roger Beanstock, comes in at closing time. Beany, haunted by his own past has lived a celibate life devoted to his work. He visits the restaurant every Thursday night for the next year to share soup and wine with Tess, which she calls the Year of Soup, before taking his life. Shortly after Beany’s death, Tess meets Jim at the restaurant, a furniture maker with his own reasons for keeping to himself. It is through a series of letters that Beany has left for Tess that she learns the truth about the Professor, is able to come to terms with her own sexuality and discover Jim’s tragic secret that will change both of their lives. The characters ranging from the local police chief addicted to Tess’ New England clam chowder to the neighborhood hairdresser who considers herself the local matchmaker create a small town community that filled with secrets, humor and compassion.

About The Author

Howard Reiss is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia Law School. He won writing prizes at both institutions, but confined his creative energies for the first 25 years after graduation to designing greeting cards and writing songs for his wife and daughters. He helped found a soup kitchen in Nyack, New York where he lives and runs, and supports book publishers by buying more books than he can possibly find the time to read.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning,LGBT Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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