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The Book of Salt - by Monique Truong (Paperback)

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"Drawing inspiration from a fleeting reference in the "Alice B. Toklas Cook Book" to two 'Indochinese' men who at one point cooked for Toklas and Gertrude Stein, Truong has concocted a delectable fictional memoir."--"Booklist."



Book Synopsis



A novel of Paris in the 1930s from the eyes of the Vietnamese cook employed by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, by the author of The Sweetest Fruits.

Viewing his famous mesdames and their entourage from the kitchen of their rue de Fleurus home, Binh observes their domestic entanglements while seeking his own place in the world. In a mesmerizing tale of yearning and betrayal, Monique Truong explores Paris from the salons of its artists to the dark nightlife of its outsiders and exiles. She takes us back to Binh's youthful servitude in Saigon under colonial rule, to his life as a galley hand at sea, to his brief, fateful encounters in Paris with Paul Robeson and the young Ho Chi Minh.

Winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award

A Best Book of the Year: New York Times, Village Voice, Seattle Times, Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News, and others

"An irresistible, scrupulously engineered confection that weaves together history, art, and human nature...a veritable feast."--Los Angeles Times

"A debut novel of pungent sensuousness and intricate, inspired imagination...a marvelous tale."--Elle

"Addictive...Deliciously written...Both eloquent and original."--Entertainment Weekly




Review Quotes




"A tour de force. Truong should take literate America by storm."

Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"A debut novel of pungent sensuousness and intricate, inspired imagination." -Elle Elle

"Both eloquent and original, The Book of Salt is a savory read." -Entertainment Weekly Entertainment Weekly

"...fascinating first novel.. Truong's birthplace...is evoked here with piercing yearning and authenticity..." -The New York Times Book Review The New York Times Book Review

"...seductive tale of exile, memory, sex, identity, language, the sins of colonialism and the social and cultural politics of food." -The Miami Herald The Miami Herald

"[The Book of Salt] displays its author's supple imagination on every page." - The Los Angeles Times The Los Angeles Times

"If Monique Truong's stunning debut novel, The Book of Salt, doesn't win as many accolades as Jhumpa Lahiri's The Interpreter of Maladies, then the literary world needs new lenses through which to view Asian-American literature." - Out.com Out Magazine

"...Food and story-lovers alike will delight in this beautifully written and spellbinding story." -The Baltimore Sun The Baltimore Sun

" Dazzling...An exquisite, lyrical, challenging and funny debut by a writer to keep an eye on." -San Jose Mercury News 10 Best Books of the Year

San Jose Mercury News

"This sumptuous debut weaves cooking, language, cravings, and cruelty around a pseudo-historical figure." -The Village Voice Top 25 Books of the Year The Village Voice --


Dimensions (Overall): 8.26 Inches (H) x 5.58 Inches (W) x .6 Inches (D)
Weight: .52 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 261
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Publisher: Mariner Books
Format: Paperback
Author: Monique Truong
Language: English
Street Date: June 15, 2004
TCIN: 11398652
UPC: 9780618446889
Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-8011
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.6 inches length x 5.58 inches width x 8.26 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.52 pounds
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