Food is the language of love in a near-future world of plague, smog, and alienation. Hardwicke Arar, a relentless perfectionist, is the chef at NoFood, the most famous restaurant in the world. He serves imaginary food to diners who cannot digest it, because they have all had the fashionable surgery Total Gastric Bypass. His wife Seychelles loves him so much that she can actually taste what he creates. Gringo hunts the world for mushrooms and other illegal delicacies in a world of embargo, providing what people desire in an endless act of expiation for his daughter. Fats Bester, an artist among donut-makers, is saved by Carl, NoFood’s zen headwaiter. Donovan Donovan, hardheaded embargo lawyer for Hardy and Seychelles, is transformed by Cena, Hardy’s posthumous daughter.
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About the Author
Sarah Tolmie is an Associate Professor in the English Department of the University of Waterloo. She received her PhD at Cambridge. Her work with virtual reality and dance explores links between movement and proprioception — the body's sense of itself and its limits in space — and narrative and poetic structures and pathways. She has been a member of the Kitchener collective Friends of the Floor Dance Theatre, dancing in and concept-designing shows for and with them. In 2011 she co-founded the Raw Nerve Research Group, a team of three researcher/dancers (consisting of Tolmie, an engineer, and a computer scientist) who lead participatory workshops helping people understand complex interactions through movement. Her first novel, The Stone Boatmen, appeared from Aqueduct Press in 2014. A collection of her sonnets is forthcoming from Baseline Press in London.