Join us Tuesday, October 22nd for an evening reception from 5-7pm to celebrate Jonathan Grimwood's sensational novel, "The Last Banquet", which has received deservedly stellar reviews in the UK. This will be our first event in our new expanded store!
Jean-Marie d’Aumout’s start in life is not auspicious. His aristocratic parents, in debt to the hilt, die of starvation while their property is looted and their five-year-old son is left to fend for himself, feeding on beetles from a dung heap. But fate has better things in store for him when a vicomte takes an interest in him.
Given a proper education followed by training at a military academy, Jean-Marie’s intellect and guile are his saving graces as his fortunes unfold in a turbulent 18th century France.
And one thing sets him apart: his passion for finding the ultimate culinary experience.
Told from the viewpoint of the elderly Jean-Marie as revolution is sweeping France, Jonathan Grimwood’s latest novel is intriguing, fanciful, philosophical and told with an admirable lightness of touch. It is well worth the short time it will take to devour.
"Racily picaresque, energetic and clever. History is deftly and diligently interposed with the details of a life, while Jean-Marie's character is carefully elaborated so as to illustrate the various aspects of a vivid era."—The Guardian
"Jonathan Grimwood’s latest novel is intriguing, fanciful, philosophical and told with an admirable lightness of touch."—The Daily Mail
"Jonathan Grimwood’s intelligent story of lost innocence… follows convincingly in the traditions established by Patrick Suskind’s Perfume and Andrew Miller’s Pure."—Times Literary Supplement
"Fiction with a superb central premise."—Daily Telegraph
"The Last Banquet is an astonishing, sensual feast...Jonathan Grimwood is a damned fine writer."—The Independent on Sunday
“What an intriguing tale... I was entranced and couldn't put it down. I will nominate for Indie pick. Thank you so much for sending it to me. I will be recommending to my customers. Love it!”—Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette
"What a sensual and tantalizing feast of flavorful literary fiction!... Written in impeccable and masterful prose, Grimwood captures the essence of obsession in 18th century France. One not to be missed this coming fall."—Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books
“Reminiscent of Suskind's Perfume in its obsessions, but warmer and with a scope closer to that of Forrest Gump, this novel is thoroughly enjoyable.”—Jenn Northington, WORD Brooklyn and Jersey City
“The Last Banquet was a feast. I entirely loved it.”—Michael Barnard, Rakestraw Books
“An ambitious story of an obsession with taste…Highly entertaining.”—Alice Meloy, Blue Willow Booksellers
“The Last Banquet is a beautiful --and, at times, beautifully macabre -- meditation on the inexorable march of history, and man’s struggle to leave an indelible mark before his own time is spent.”—Amanda Hurley, Inkwood Books, Tampa FL
“You know that feeling when you think of something that’s just… well… your chest expands with the emotion of how much you loved it? That is the feeling I get when I think of how to describe The Last Banquet… this is a book which will not disappoint those with a passion for food, politics or history. Enjoy!”—Amelia, Book Co-op, Australia