Kitchens of the Great Midwest - J. Ryan Stradal, Caitlin Thorburn
Stradal uses a clever structure for his novel: each chapter focused on a different character and related to a different dish while carrying the story forward. I'm impressed that he never lets the structure distract from the narrative, like seeing a puppet's strings. He uses it as a trellis, helping the story climb higher. It works because each new character is at the centre of their own world and has their own voice and because the dish functions mainly as a sort of emoji