When four couples gather for a Manhattan dinner party, the wine flows and the gloves come off. Friendships and loyalties are put to the test in this urban trial of food and marriage.
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About the Author
KEN CARLTON is the author of four previous nonfiction works, including The Hunger, which he co-wrote with Manhattan chef John DeLucie. The Hunger was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and was included in Best Foodwriting of 2009. Carlton is a graduate of Middlebury College and The American Film Institute. He and his wife, a professor, split their time between Brooklyn and Chicago, with their four children. Food for Marriage is his first novel.
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Food for Marriage based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Four couples gather for filet mignon and explosive conversation in Food for Marriage, Ken Carlton's gimlet-eyed look at contemporary coupledom. Lucy and Lionel seem to have it all--except for Lionel's creative block and Lucy's long-held secret; Nicole has chucked her family for a new and interesting squeeze; Dan is a boy-man still looking for his big acting break while his long-suffering wife, Nora, holds up the suburban fort; and unemployed Chuck drinks himself into oblivion while his wife, Paula, contemplates the idea of returning to work after fifteen years raising kids. Under the influence of wine, roasted potatoes, brussel sprouts drowning in butter, salt and garlic, the best and the worst of these folks come riotously to light. Well-drawn characters and sharp observations gave me the sense I was sitting at the table. A wonderful, funny, ultimately uplifting book about this crazy thing we call marriage.
Impossible to put down. One of the best books I've read this year. Has me looking forward to the dinner party I planned because of this book. -BWC