Stanley Park by Timothy L. Taylor

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A love story wrapped in a murder mystery, served up as a laugh-out-loud satire of the trendy urban restaurant scene.

Jeremy Papier, the new Alice Waters of the Vancouver food world, is fast becoming known for his radically rear-guard cuisine--tradition-steeped dishes that celebrate the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. His restaurant, The Monkey's Paw Bistro, is always fully booked, but, unfortunately, it's more an artistic triumph than a reasonably run business. Far too costly ever to turn a profit, it is kited by Jeremy on dozens of maxed-out credit cards. An old family friend, Dante Beale, owner of a worldwide chain of cookie-cutter coffeehouses, is willing to bail the restaurant out-- for the price of sole control. It's a business proposition made in hell, one strenuously opposed by Jeremy's pretty young sous chef, the incorruptible, plainspoken Jules.

Jeremy's problems deepen when his eccentric-academic father--a "participatory anthropologist" half Joseph Mitchell, half Joe Gould--loses himself among the homeless in Vancouver's Stanley Park. He lives as they do (he's especially adept at catching and roasting sparrows) and soon involves Jeremy in researching a "cold case" crime, the true-life murder of two children slain in the park in the early 1970's.

Timothy Taylor--the writer who "everyone in the Canadian literary community today is talking about" (Globe and Mail)--weaves together the disparate, brightly colored strands of his story with unerring skill and unflagging comic invention. Stanley Park, already a Canadian best seller, is a comic novel of the first order--and a memorable literary debut.


About Timothy L. Taylor

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Timothy Taylor is the recent recipient of a National Magazine Award Gold Medal and the only writer ever to have three stories selected and published simultaneously in the "Journey Prize Anthology," His short fiction has appeared in Canada's leading literary magazines and has been anthologized in such publications as "Best Canadian Stories," "Coming Attractions" and "Islands West," His novel, Stanley Park, was a national bestseller and a finalist for The Giller Prize. He lives in Vancouver.
Published January 1, 2001 by Knopf. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Award-winning storywriter Taylor (whose first collection will be published in fall 2002) is obviously also offended, and his passion for the original and non-co-opted provides his tale both with its passion and its worst elements: Dante’s latte lairs are weak satire at best, and the subplot about...

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STANLEY PARK, Timothy Taylor's debut novel, revolves around the stress-packed life of Chef Jeremy Papier who divides his culinary colleagues into either "Bloods" or "Crips."

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