The Book of Salt

  • Type: Ebooks
  • By: Monique Truong
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Recommended by: Seoung K.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780547524993
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A sensual and poignant story about language, exile, and what nourishes the soul

The Book of Salt follows Binh, a gay Vietnamese man, who works as a cook in the Parisian home of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. I loved the mouth-watering descriptions of food and the way that cooking is a language unto itself for Binh, who speaks little French. The novel doesn't show away from Binh's bitterness in a way I found refreshing.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in immigrant narratives and a unique take on familiar literary figures.