A New York Times Notable Book - life of Vietnamese cook working for Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas in Paris. Very sad that this gay young man's' life was so undermined by circumstances and the people around him. Lyrical writing. Look for all mentions of the sources of salt.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is well-written and imaginative. I love a book that makes me think and inspires me to learn more. The Book of Salt sparked me to research how Stein and Toklas, two Jewish lesbians, managed to live in occupied France during the Nazi reign. Google is your friend
Very introspective book. Little action, not plot-driven. Narrator is the main character.
I expected this well-written book to have more about Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas living in Paris than it did, but it focuses more on the main character, their Vietnamese cook, through whose eyes we see them. Besides his "Mesdames," Binh's narrative is about his abusive father and self-sacrificing mother back in Vietnam, and his homosexual loves and adventures. The book ends abruptly when Stein and Toklas leave for the United States - without him.