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It is Super Bowl Sunday in the year 2022. Five people are due to have dinner in an apartment on the east side of Manhattan. The hosts are a retired physics professor and her husband; they are joined by one of her former students and await the arrival of another couple, delayed by what becomes a dramatic flight from Paris. In the apartment, talk ranges widely. The opening kickoff is one commercial away. Then something happens and the digital connections that have transformed our lives are severed. What follows is a dazzling and profoundly moving conversation about what makes us human. Never has the art of fiction been such an immediate guide to our navigation of a bewildering world. Never have DeLillo’s prescience, imagination and language been more illuminating and essential.Show more
"A sweet and savory treat." - People "An impressive feat of narrative jujitsu . . . that keeps readers turning the pages too fast to realize just how ingenious they are." - The New York Times Book Review, Editors Pick Kitchens of the Great Midwest, about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the countrys most coveted dinner reservation, is the summers most hotly anticipated debut. When Lars Thorvalds wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine - and a dashing sommelier - hes left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. Hes determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter - starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Evas journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast thats a testament to her spirit and resilience. Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradals startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life - its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. It marks the entry of a brilliant new talent.From the Hardcover edition.Show more