The Book of SaltBook - 2004
In Paris, in 1934, Binh has accompanied his employers, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, to the train station for their departure to America. His own destination is unclear: will he go with "the Steins," stay in France, or return to Vietnam? Binh fled his homeland in disgrace. For five years, he has been the live-in cook at the famous apartment at 27 Rue de Fleurus. Before Binh's decision is revealed, his narrative catapults us back to his youth in French-colonized Vietnam, his years as a galley hand at sea, and his days turning out fragrant repasts for the doyennes of the Lost Generation. He is a habitue of the Paris demimonde, an exile and an alien, a man of musings and memories, and, possibly, lies. Love is the prize that has eluded him, from his family to the men he has sought out, often at his peril.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Edition: First Mariner books edition
Copyright Date: ©2003
Branch Call Number: FIC TRUONG 2004
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 21 cm
From Library Staff
While searching for his own place in the world, Binh, the cook employed by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas glimpses the dark nightlife of 1930s Paris.
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