Book: The Life and Dreams of Pimientos de Padrón
Author: Katherine Anne Lee
Available: Out now
If you enjoy this book you might like: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Summary: This is the story of Pimientos de Padrón. Let yourself be swept away to a faraway place where everything is possible. Dreams can be dreamt and fairy tales come true. Meet the six unique peppers. Accompany their journey from the valley of hopes and dreams to a vibrant city, which opens the door to the world for them.
Hope you’re having good weeks and getting excited in the run up to Christmas! These last two days I’ve been completely engrossed in Katherine Anne Lee’s second novel, The Life and Dreams of Pimientos de Padrón.
If I was to describe this book in one word? Calm. I read it during my commute and I found myself completely relaxed for a change as people pushed me around and stole seats!
The story follows six peppers as they grow on the plants and their journey as they’re picked, sold and eaten. It’s a really sweet story, although be warned – it’s a nightmare to read when you’re hungry!
The plot also raises a lot of questions about the spiritual side of life, and there’s a lot about finding your own path, as well as questions about soul, but to be perfectly honest, I was more drawn to the actual story of the peppers.
Katherine feeds you extraordinary amounts of detail without saying very much at all. For example, there’s a passage where the peppers are still growing, and panic as a storm hits. I loved how Katherine explains the dangers of bad weather for the condition of the peppers through their perspective. Humans barely feature in the story, only where really necessary – it keeps all the focus on the peppers, and I think helps to keep the sense of calm throughout the story.
Each pepper is unique, in personality, shape and size – Flavio is a wannabe mafia boss, Kim is a superficial and cares about her appearance, Winston is an investigator, Marple is the voice of reason, Clark is in awe of nature, and Apollo is very innocent and childlike.
I have to say I was drawn most to Apollo, I think you’re kind of supposed to be, but I also really liked Marple and Kim. Kim might be superficial but she’s hilarious, while Maple is interesting as you never really get a proper glimpse into her ambitions, although you do with the others.
I’ll definitely be heading to Borough Market to pick up some peppers to try!
What have you all been reading this week?