At the once-splendid Imperial Hotel, chef Gabriel Lightfoot is trying to run a tight kitchen.
But his integrity and his sanity are under constant challenge from an exuberantly multinational staff, a gimlet-eyed hotel management, and business partners with whom he is planning a new venture.
Despite the pressure, his hard work looks set to pay off.
Until the discovery of a porter's dead body in the kitchen appears to tip the scales.
It is a small death, a lonely death - but it is enough to disturb the tenuous balance of Gabe's life. "In The Kitchen" is Monica Ali's stunning follow up to "Brick Lane".
It is both the portrait of a man pushed to the edge, and a wry and telling look into the melting pot which is our contemporary existence.
It confirms Monica Ali not only as a great modern storyteller but also an acute observer of the dramas of modern life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/05/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552774864