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.
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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...| Read Full Review of Stanley Park
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."Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Stanley Park
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