The Book of Salt: A Novel

The Book of Salt: A Novel

Monique Truong


The publication of Salt serves up a totally unique tackle Paris within the Thirties in the course of the eyes of Binh, the Vietnamese prepare dinner hired by way of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Viewing his well-known mesdames and their entourage from the kitchen in their rue de Fleurus domestic, Binh observes their family entanglements whereas looking his personal position on this planet. In a captivating story of craving and betrayal, Monique Truong explores Paris from the salons of its artists to the darkish nightlife of its outsiders and exiles. She takes us again to Binh's younger servitude in Saigon lower than colonial rule, to his lifestyles as a galley hand at sea, to his short, fateful encounters in Paris with Paul Robeson and the younger Ho Chi Minh.

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