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The Book of Salt: A Novel

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The Book of Salt serves up a wholly original take on Paris in the 1930s through the eyes of Binh, the Vietnamese cook employed by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. 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.

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Considering whether he will accompany his employers, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, to America, a personal cook remembers his youth in French-colonial Vietnam, his years as a galley hand at sea, and his days cooking for the doyennes of the Lost Generation. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.

About the Author

Monique Truong was born in Saigon in 1968 and moved to the United States at age six. She graduated from Yale University and the Columbia University School of Law, going on to specialize in intellectual property. Truong coedited the anthology Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose. Her first novel,The Book of Salt, a national bestseller, has been awarded the 2003 Bard Fiction Prize, the Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and the Young Lions Fiction Award, among other honors. Granting Truong an Award of Excellence, the Vietnamese American Studies Center at San Francisco State University called her "a pioneer in the field, as an academic, an advocate, and an artist." Truong now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547524993
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Literary
Author:
Monique Truong
Author:
Truong, Monique
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Publication Date:
June 2004
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
272

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"Synopsis" by , Considering whether he will accompany his employers, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, to America, a personal cook remembers his youth in French-colonial Vietnam, his years as a galley hand at sea, and his days cooking for the doyennes of the Lost Generation. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.
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