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Mother for Dinner - Shalom Auslander

Mother for Dinner - Shalom Auslander
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Title: Mother for Dinner

Author:  Shalom Auslander

ISBN:  9781529052053

Weight:  765g

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Mother for Dinner by Shalom Auslander

Seventh Seltzer has done everything he can to break from the traditions of the past, but in his overbearing, narcissistic mother’s last moments, she whispers in his ear the two words he always knew she would: ‘Eat me’.

This is not unusual, as the Seltzers are Cannibal-Americans, a once proud and thriving ethnic group, but for Seventh, it raises some serious questions.  Of practical concern, she’s six-foot-two and weighs over thirty stone – even divided up between Seventh and his eleven brothers, that’s a lot of red meat.  Plus, Second keeps kosher, Ninth is vegan and Sixth is dead.  To make matters worse, even if he can wrangle his brothers together for a feast, the Can-Am people have assimilated, and the only living Cannibal who knows how to perform the ancient ritual is their Uncle Ishmael, a far from reliable guide.

Beyond the practical, Seventh struggles with the sense of guilt and responsibility he feels to his mother, to his people and to his unique cultural heritage.  His mother always taught him he was a link in a chain, stretching back centuries.  But he’s getting tired of chains.

Shalom Auslander’s Mother for Dinner is an outrageously tasty comedy about identity and inheritance, the things we owe our families and the things we owe ourselves.

Peer & Press Reviews

In his new novel, Shalom Auslander applies his satirical scalpel to the delicate issues of identity politics.  And anyone who has read Auslander before will know that when I say “applies his satirical scalpel”, I mean something more like “tosses a hand-grenade and runs away laughing”.

Sam Leith, Guardian

Auslander turns his taboo-shattering satiric gaze to cannibalism in this outrageous, salty take on contemporary culture… more effective is the riotous dissection of cultural formation and a community’s hunger for meaning.

Publishers Weekly

Daring, provocative and controversial… the outrageous nature of the comedy is done perfectly…  This is a work of genius.

Stuart Kelly, Scotsman

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Title Mother for Dinner
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in before the title page.
(Printed on this page is the title and the phrase ‘Signed by the author’.)
Book Stats
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781529052053
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 260
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 144 x 28mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Theo & Juliet Photography
Design Jack Smyth

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