Winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award: 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.
“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
About the Author
STEPHEN W. SEARS is the author of many award-winning books on the Civil War, including Gettysburg and Landscape Turned Red. A former editor at American Heritage, he lives in Connecticut.,
"An outstanding battle study...This book...is absolutely indispensable for the well-versed." Publishers Weekly
"A fine study, detailed and challenging, that complements such popular accounts of the battle as Bruce Catton's Glory Road and Shelby Foote's The Stars in Their Courses." Kirkus Reviews
"The book's strength is the consistent and striking characterizations of the many generals and commanding officers involved in the battle." Library Journal
"Readers thrilled by the minute details of battlefield maneuvers will be thoroughly engaged." Booklist, ALA
"Sears does much more than reconstruct events. He gives battlefield maneuvers deeper meaning and purpose because of his deep appreciation for context and the human dimension of history." --Peter Carmichael, American History Magazine
"[Sears gives] us a panoramic view, and in his vivid portrayal the day unfolds in all its horrible detail." --Jay Winik The New York Times Book Review
"A first-class writer and splendid historian--a combination to be cherished--gives us the best book on America's most famous battle." The Wall Street Journal