A Novel by Ira Wood
"In this delightful, laugh-out-loud first novel, Gabe Rose,
the brash Jewish waiter with a play in his pocket, is looking
for his big chance. Where else to find it but at the gilded, overpriced
tables of Boston's fanciest restaurant, where crooked politicians,
tight Old Money, preppies, parvenus and, of course, the stars
come to dine on yesterday's fish under tonight's hollandaise?
Under-30 Gabe contrives to meet over-40 Cynthia Kagan, a tough,
sexy playwright-director, big in feminist circles…Plot and
character are pas de deux under Wood's fast-stepping, always engaging
choreography, but how to explain all the sharp and colorful, emotionally
honest, sometimes heart-grabbing ensemble work? Besides the fun,
The Kitchen Man is about love and loyalty outside conventional
categories of age, gender and body proportions, a gamey kind of
You Can't Take It With You with extremely recognizable people."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Fresh, vital…totally convincing…Mr. Wood has
a special gift for heartwarming comedy."
—The New York Times Book Review
Ira Wood's latest novel is Storm Tide (co-authored by Marge Piercy).
It is available in paperback in a special Ballantine Books Reader's
Cirlcle edition which includes an intimate interview with Piercy
and Wood about the process of co-authoring fiction. Their award-winning
book about writing, So You Want To
Write: How to Master the Craft of Fiction and the Personal
Narrative is available from Leapfrog Press.
Check out the Ira Wood Workshops and Publishing Lectures.
$14.95 Trade Paperback
306 Pages/ 6 x 9
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