In the Kitchen

Monica Ali (Author)

Product Details

Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
May 11, 2010
6.32 X 0.98 X 7.98 inches | 0.76 pounds
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About the Author

Monica Ali was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and grew up in England. She was named one of the twenty best young British novelists by Granta and is the author of the novel Brick Lane, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and is now a major motion picture, and Alentejo Blue, a story collection. She lives in London with her husband and two young children.


"A wonderful writer... Evocative ... terrific."--Janice Kaplan on "Good Morning America"
"Part Kitchen Confidential, part murder mystery, [Ali] uses a posh hotel as a window into British society."--The Daily Beast
"Ali gets the kitchen just right and Gabriel is a sympathetic and beautifully realized character."--Time
"Remarkable... A meditation on free will and what it means to be a human being trying to control one's life."--Columbus Dispatch
"Ali is an expert at detailing the immigrant experience in London... Ali possesses great powers of lyricism and insight."--Christian Science Monitor
"Ali writes with wit and sympathy about the many twists and turns that define our lives."--Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"A truly Dickensian cast of characters... Ali rewards readers, too, with .. outstanding passages... Ali's prodigious talents are often on display."--Buffalo News
"All the ingredients for a sizzling tale are present: A sudden death that may or may not be accidental. A middle-age chef on the verge of a breakdown. Sexual obsession. An illicit affair. A nefarious plot involving human smuggling."--Thrity Umrigar, Boston Globe
"Gabriel Lightfoot is an unforgettable protagonist, his descent into lunacy frighteningly recognizable, individual, profound."--Pam Houston, O, the Oprah Magazine
"The kitchen scenes are superb.... and the dialogue crackles with authenticity.... [A] serious and intelligent take on the hidden world of Britain's illegal immigrants."--Conan Putnam, Chicago Tribune
"What pungency in her prose, what immediacy... You cannot help admiring the power of this writer.... Unforgettable."--Martin Rubin, Washington Times