I have read some scathing reviews about Stuffed, and must say that as accurate as some are in their take on Ms Volk’s memoir of her family’s restaurant business, there are still some elements worth reading. Personally, I enjoyed reading about some of the misadventures of her family in their restaurant business; about the eccentric aunts and uncles; the family history – all of it.
Yes, without a doubt she does write too enthusiastically about even the less than admirable characters, and still manages to find something redeeming in all of them, but it is her family memoir and she has chosen to remember it as she wishes. Writer’s prerogative and all that.
I read this in less than a week, much of it on the train during my commutes back and forth. It was entertaining, and funny. I recommend it, but with a warning that Ms Volk’s admiration for her family, warts and all, may come across as either too contrived or boastful. For me it made for entertaining reading about a more than ordinary family life.