On Sale: October 9, 2018
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Literature and Fiction
In the tradition of modern classics The Dinner and
A Gentleman in Moscow comes The Waiter, in
which the finely tuned balance of a grand European
restaurant (that has seen better days) is irrevocably upset
by an unexpected guest.
In a centuries-old European restaurant called The Hills, a
middle-aged waiter takes pride in the unchangeable aspects
of his job: the well-worn uniform, the ragged but solid
tablecloths, and the regular diners. Some are there daily,
like Graham “Le Gris”—also known as The Pig—and his
dignified group of aesthetes; the slightly more
free-spirited drinking company around Tom Sellers; and the
closest one can get to personal friends of the waiter, Edgar
and his young daughter, Anna.
In this universe unto itself, there is scarcely any contact
between the tables...until a beautiful and well-groomed
young woman walks through the door and upsets the delicate
balance of the restaurant and all it has come to represent.
Like living in a snow globe, The Waiter is a
captivating study in miniature. Everything is just so, and
that’s exactly how the waiter needs it to be. One can
understand why he becomes anxious when things begin to
change. In fact, given the circumstances, anxiety just might
be the most sensible response...
With the sophistication of The Remains of the Day and
the eccentricity of The Elegance of the Hedgehog,
The Waiter marks the North American debut of an
exciting new voice in literary fiction.
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