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In the Kitchen (Paperback)

Author:  Monica Ali
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1416571698
ISBN-13: 9781416571698
Sku: 211299249
Publish Date: 5/11/2010
Pages:  436
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Booker Prize-shortlisted author Ali''s "mesmerizing" ("Entertainment Weekly") novel brings readers into the vivid world of a London restaurant.
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Booker Prize-shortlisted author Monica Ali's long-awaited second novel brings readers into the vivid world of a London restaurant kitchen.
In Monica Ali's spirited third novel, Gabriel Lightfoot, the head chef at the London's Imperial Hotel, is a master of coordinating the chaos of his kitchen, overseeing the preparation and presentation of gourmet dishes by a multicultural collection of disgruntled workers. But when a dead body is discovered in the basement of the restaurant, Gabriel begins to gradually give in to disorder, and his carefully assembled life slowly crumbles into utter confusion. With his father dying from cancer, his girlfriend finally catching on to his infidelities, and his frantic staff constantly harassing him, Gabriel surrenders to the insanity and indulges in several descending levels of a nervous breakdown. Ali's depiction of Gabriel's mental deterioration is brilliant and brimming with moments of delightful surprise and literary precision, cementing her status as one of the most vibrant and relevant novelists of her generation.


"Ali deftly interweaves a collection of compelling plots in this powerful portrayal of a man whose life is slowly spiraling out of control. Fans and new readers alike are sure to embrace this talented novelist, who possesses a wise and original voice." (starred review) - Allison Block 03/01/2009

"Moment to moment,...the novel is engrossing....[T]he work of a fearless writer determined to challenge herself." (starred review) 04/01/2009

"Ali is brilliant at showing loss and adaptation in a polyglot culture....IN THE KITCHEN has the thud and knock of life--inexplicable, impenetrable, not sewn up at all..." (Signature starred review) - Patricia Volk 04/27/2009

"Ms. Ali brings a lively intelligence to her work, and her account of Gabriel's mental breakdown, set against shifting scenes of London, is vivid and well done." - Moira Hodgson 06/13/2009

"Ali, who has a wonderful ear for Britain's welter of new speech patterns, makes her shrewdest points by giving her characters free rein to argue back and forth about the tangled issues of race, culture and progress." - William Grimes 08/09/2009

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Product attributePublisher:   Scribner Book Company
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