The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak

The Last Suppers

“A gorgeous novel that finds beauty in the most unlikely of places.” —Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling authorSet in 1950s Louisiana, Mandy Mikulencak’s beautifully written and emotionally moving novel evokes both The Help and Dead Man Walking with the story of an unforgettable woman whose quest to provide meals for death row prisoners leads her into the secrets of her own past.Many children have grown up in the shadow of Louisia...

Details The Last Suppers

TitleThe Last Suppers
Release DateDec 26th, 2017
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery

Reviews The Last Suppers

  • Julie
    The Last Suppers is a 2017 Mandy Mikulencak Kensington publication. A thought provoking, complex, and moving story-Ginny works at Louisiana’s Greenmount State Penitentiary during the 1950’s as a prison cook. She has started a program for the death row inmates where she offers to cook them anything they desire for their ‘last meal.'Ginny has a very complicated past which, once it is revealed, will explain her deep devotion to her job, which ...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Food for comfort, a particular food that brings back memories, a time when someone cared enough to make something that made us feel better. Food can have many different meanings, and for Ginny it is what she provides as a cook at the penitentiary, what she feels she needs to do by providing last suppers for the men on death row. Raised on the grounds of the prison, her father a guard, a horrifying memory from that time, has haunted Ginny. Now...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 stars to The Last Suppers I read somewhere that The Last Suppers had a foodie fiction angle. Well, not only that, but it was also a special genre hybrid I think fans of women's fiction and historical fiction will also especially enjoy. I was engaged from the start with this well-written story of Ginny, a prison cook, who prepares "last suppers" for inmates on death row at a prison in Louisiana. My favorite parts of the book were when Ginny inte...
  • Norma
    The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak is a complex, interesting, and a tightly written novel with a lot of depth within the pages of this book.We were lost in the deep-rooted, earthy coulee with two of our Traveling Sisters reading The Last Suppers with us and we all really enjoyed this interesting story that brought some food for thought to our discussion. Mandy Mikulencak does a good job capturing the emotional memories surrounding the food that...
  • Brenda
    Traveling Sister Review can be foundhttps://twogirlslostinacouleereading....
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Follow my reviews on Last Suppers is a captivating novel set in a Louisiana penitentiary where Ginny, young daughter of a murdered prison guard, is now all grown up and cooking for the inmates at the jail. She meets with the prisoners on death row to find out what they want for their last meal and does her best to create the requested dishes. The drama began two decades prior, when her father was killed a...
  • Susan Peterson
    I was instantly drawn to this book and its story when I first read about it...and this book lived up to all my expectations! Ginny Polk is a prison cook in Louisiana in the 1950’s, a time of racial injustices and a prison system that is less than humane. Ginny takes on a special responsibility all her own...providing “last suppers”for the men on death row, a job she takes personally, a job that is frowned upon by the prison board. Ginny is ...
  • Judy Collins
    A beautifully written story, both absorbing and haunting, Mandy Mikulencak delivers a breakout book, THE LAST SUPPERS —a heartbreaking tale of secrets, racism, inequality, the death penalty, and prisoner rights. A courageous young woman becomes obsessed with the preparation of the last meals for death row inmates, and a lover haunted by his related past. However, there is a mystery to be unraveled about her own father’s murder and secrets o...
  • Edith Maxwell
    The Last Suppers is a stunning debut novel. It won't be shelved as a mystery, but mystery abounds. Why does prison warden Roscoe love a woman half his age? Why does Ginny Polk stay as head cook in the kitchen? is the story Ginny always heard about her father's death true? I love the details of southern cooking and prison life Mikulencak brings to the story. Even more I love following the ever-revealed depths of Ginny's thoughts and soul, her fami...
  • Kate
    A slice of life book taking place in Louisiana around the time of the civil rights movement, with flashbacks to earlier years. Main character is a young prison cook, Ginny, who prepares meals for men who are about to get the electric chair. Includes some recipes at the end of the book. It's a very specific story, certain place, certain time but parts of it are timeless. The author said she created the story from various prisons and figures so it'...
  • Melissa McGuire
    This book is amazing. At first I thought I wouldn't like it and the once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. I devoured this book
  • Stacey A. Prose and Palate
    I was extremely intrigued by this book's premise as The Help is one of my favorite books. However, I was disappointed that the book only discussed two prisoners that Ginny prepared last meals for before the plot went down the rabbit hole of her own hidden family secrets. I think perhaps my misguided expectations are why I did not enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. Thank you so much to Kensington Books for sending this my way. The Last S...
  • Eldonna Edwards
    As soon as I read the description of THE LAST SUPPERS I immediately requested an ARC. This riveting debut novel somehow manages to make you feel at home in the kitchen of one of the most desolate places imaginable, a 1950's Louisianna penitentiary. The haunting story is exquisitely devastating and yet underscores human capacity for compassion, whether or not one believes it is deserved. From feisty Ginny Polk, the daughter of a murdered prison wa...
  • Kevin Gates
    I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Once I started reading "The Last Suppers" I was transported back in time to a hot and humid kitchen in the deep South. I fell in love with Roscoe, Dot and Ginny and abandoned my family until I was finished. The author weaves vivid and graphic descriptions of the unique setting, together with painfully honest depictions of historical Southern race relations in the United Sta...
  • Christine Moore
    Ginny Polk works at the same prison her Daddy did. He was a prison guard and was murdered when Ginny was a small child. Ginny is the prison cook and she takes it upon herself to make last suppers before the inmates are executed. Ginny's life has been hard as her Mother wasn't very kind to her. I truly felt for Ginny and all she has been through in her life. Ginny finds out some secrets about her Daddy's murder and she investigates until she gets ...
  • Cathy Geha
    The Last Suppers by Mandy MikulencakDark, twisted, emotionally challenging this is a story of people caught up in life…and death. The setting of this story is Greenmount Penitentiary in Louisiana – a fictitious place brought to life through the excellent writing of the author. The period of time ranges from the late 1920’s through the early 1960’s. The issues/topics included are many and each one seems to impact another much as dominoes f...
  • Jenny Buchta
    While I don’t feel that this book is much like The Help, I do feel that it’s a stand alone success on its own. Yes, the time period and location are similar. But Ginny Polk’s time as a prison cook doesn’t compare to Skeeter’s time as a writer of domestic workers’ stories. Ginny’s life and her story are complicated. I loved this novel and, while I hated the ending, it was appropriate and fit like the last piece of a puzzle.
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Although this is a genre I usually steer away from, the setting of a fictitious Louisiana prison in the 1950's promised to be enlightening, and I found this to be a very enjoyable read. Sometimes these heroines are just too good to be true, and some of the plot devices didn't work for me, but there was a lot of heart here, and culinary angle gave the book an extra star.
  • Andrea
    Unfortunately I found this dull!!!!
  • Lisa
    Excellent book. Loved the character development, the role food and the last suppers played, and the ending of this. 5/5 stars.
  • Jackie
    I received an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.I'm a 6-months-pregnant teacher with a toddler, so I generally can't read longer than five minutes at bedtime before I begin to nod off, but The Last Suppers was impossible to put down. I tore through this captivating, beautifully-crafted book in one night, staying awake until 3am, which is the highest compliment I can give a novel.
  • Harry Brake
    When I was referred to Mandy Mikulenak's Burn Girl from a colleague while I worked at ASF (American School Foundation in Mexico City), I had no idea about anything involved with the novel or the author. Luckily I read Burn Girl in a few days and was hooked. It flowed and related so much about what interested adults AND young readers to a text. So much that I arranged Mandy Mikulencak to be on the 2018 Panel for Authors Among US at ASF, and arrang...
  • Missy
    The Last Suppers –This was an advanced read I received from NetGalley and Kensington Books by Mandy Mikulencak for my honest review. This was a good book about a daughter (Ginny) of a former prison guard, who was murdered, her father’s murderer sent to death row (in which her mother made her watch) and how she later became a cook at the same prison cooking the death row inmates last suppers. Ginny did a lot of research into their requests, ev...
  • Priya
    This is a stunning book that I really enjoyed reading!The premise intrigued and disturbed me at the same time and that's what prompted me to pick it up.I received it from Netgalley as an ARC and am glad I did! Once I did, I devoured the book.Set in a prison in Louisiana in the 50's, this is the story of Ginny Polk, the prison cook, who voluntarily takes on the task of providing one last good meal to the death row inmates just before their executi...
  • Bookworm
    This was not a book that was on my radar (it was also released the day after Christmas), but it showed up in some pre-release marketing and it sounded interesting. Ginny Polk is a woman who grew up in the community of a prison (her father worked there) has returned to serve as the cook. Among her tasks is creating the prisoner's last meal. Aside from that she is in a romantic relationship with her father's best friend and we see that relationship...
  • Brenda
    FABULOUS, I loved this book! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.First let me say I’m pretty stingy with 5 star reviews, this one I was very happy to give a well deserved 5 starsI'm so impressed with this original, unique storyline. The author did her historical and prison research extremely well.The plot of the Last Supper is based around death row inmates at an abusive priso...
  • Helen
    The Last Suppers is a historical fiction novel that focuses on the Louisiana prison system in the 1950’s. The main character is a woman named Ginny . She is the daughter of a former prison guard, who was murdered when she was eight years old. As an adult she now works as a cook in the prison kitchen. Ginny grew up living on the prison grounds with her family and she continues to live there as an adult. Ginny meets with the prisoners on death ro...
  • WroteTrips
    The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak is as timely as it is remarkable. Book Groups members looking for a book that will touch the heart, provide food for thought and deliver an abundance of points for discussion should consider this novel, which publishes on December 26, 2017.Although The Suppers is a historical novel set in 1950s Louisiana, many of its themes are extremely relevant. Basic principles of justice including impartial trials, fair tr...
  • Carla Suto
    THE LAST SUPPERS by Mandy Mikulencak is a unique and thought-provoking novel about a young woman who takes on the special responsibility of providing “last suppers” for death row inmates on the eve of their execution. Ginny Polk is the head of the kitchen at a Louisiana State Penitentiary in the 1950s. Her father, once a prison guard there, was murdered in 1938 when Ginny is just a girl. Her father’s best friend, also once a guard, is now t...
  • Darcia Helle
    The Last Suppers is a profoundly emotional tale centered around a woman far ahead of her time. Ginny is not the typical southern woman of the 1950s. Rather than settling into marriage, where she'd take care of the home and raise children, she remains single, independent, and fiery in temperament. She lives and works in a man's world, yet she refuses to be blindly submissive. Ginny also refuses to follow the status quo of ingrained southern racism...