I still don't get why Ms. Goodman cluttered up The Cookbook Collector with so much extraneous story, all the intricate details of dot.com boom and bust in particular, but this morning the effort to get to Chapter 22 was vindicated. In a single chapter all was rewarded.
Before that there were occasional tantalizing snippets but they were presented meagerly. Without them I would have given up altogether, but if there had been a few more I would have turned pages eagerly in hope of finding the next one on the next page. I'm guessing she used this as a device, but if so, she walked a dangerous line, particularly for someone who has a sizeable stack of unread library books wafting promise from the bedside.
Thank goodness for Chapter 22.