August 26th 2014
Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Mãn has three mothers: the one who gives birth to her in wartime, the nun who plucks her from a vegetable garden, and her beloved Maman, who becomes a spy to survive. Seeking security for her grown daughter, Maman finds Mãn a husband—a lonely Vietnamese restaurateur who lives in Montreal.
Thrown into a new world, Mãn discovers her natural talent as a chef. Gracefully she practices her art, with food as her medium. She creates dishes that are much more than sustenance for the body: they evoke memory and emotion, time and place, and even bring her customers to tears.
Mãn is a mystery—her name means “perfect fulfillment,” yet she and her husband seem to drift along, respectfully and dutifully. But when she encounters a married chef in Paris, everything changes in the instant of a fleeting touch, and Mãn discovers the all-encompassing obsession and ever-present dangers of a love affair.
I adored Kim Thúy’s award winning novel, Ru and was beyond excited to learn that she had written more books after Ru and that another one of her books would soon be translated into English. I love reading works by Asian writers, and its unfortunate that there aren’t that many Vietnamese-Canadian authours. The fact that this book also takes place in one of my favourite Canadian is an added bonus. This is one book that I definitely would love to have.
What books are you “waiting” on this week?