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Timothy Taylor
Stanley Park



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A young chef who revels in local bounty, a long-ago murder that remains unsolved, the homeless of Stanley Park, a smooth-talking businessman named Dante—these are the ingredients of Timothy Taylor's stunning debut novel—Kitchen Confidential meets The Edible Woman.

Trained in France, Jeremy Papier, the young Vancouver chef, is becoming known for his unpretentious dishes that highlight fresh, local ingredients. His restaurant, The Monkey's Paw Bistro, while struggling financially, is attracting the attention of local foodies, and is not going unnoticed by Dante Beale, owner of a successful coffeehouse chain, Dante's Inferno. Meanwhile, Jeremy's father, an eccentric anthropologist, has moved into Stanley Park to better acquaint himself with the homeless and their daily struggles for food, shelter and company. Jeremy's father also has a strange fascination for a years-old unsolved murder case, known as "The Babes in the Wood" and asks Jeremy to help him research it.

Dante is dying to get his hands on The Monkey's Paw. When Jeremy's elaborate financial kite begins to fall, he is forced to sell to Dante and become his employee. The restaurant is closed for renovations, Inferno style. Jeremy plans a menu for opening night that he intends to be the greatest culinary statement he's ever made, one that unites the homeless with high foody society in a paparazzi-covered celebration of "local splendour."


Praise for Timothy Taylor's Stanley Park:

“A delicious stew of unlikely ingredients: globalization satire, culinary art and murder-mystery.” —Wall Street Journal

“Dark, slightly crazed, and black-and-blue funny. Timothy Taylor is supernova hot.” —The Seattle Times

“[Taylor is] one of the most graceful young stylists around . . . unflaggingly intelligent.” —Maclean’s

“Taylor may be on his way to becoming the head chef of Canadian letters.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“There is something unique and utterly convincing about Taylor’s fiction: it’s muscular without being overbearing, witty without going for easy laughs.” —The Globe and Mail

Stanley Park is a bit like Babette’s Feast or Chocolat. They all celebrate a meal that never was, a hope that the right meal can be turned into a Eucharist. Enjoy!” —The Vancouver Sun

“Nothing short of superb.” —London Free Press

“An astonishing array of passions and ideas . . . Brisk, insightful and stylish.” —The Hamilton Spectator

“Spirited and engaging . . . I cannot imagine why Mr. Taylor should not sweep America.” —New York Sun

Praise for Timothy Taylor's Silent Cruise:

“Gripping . . . Brilliant . . . Taylor is in an entirely different class of writers than many of his contemporaries . . . His skills are so outsized, the unfolding of his fiction so seemingly effortless, his creations so smart, generous.” —Toronto Star

“There can be little doubt that Taylor is one of Canada’s best short-story writers. He shows us the world completely absorbed and possessed by the human mind.” —Quill & Quire

“Few writers demonstrate the density, intellectual range and originality that Timothy Taylor does. This is a dazzling collection.” —The Ottawa Citizen

“Taylor’s stories are intelligent and immensely readable—no, enthralling—and some are about as perfectly gemlike as they come . . . Almost every one is a marvel of conception and construction. Ingenious, is what they are.”
The Globe and Mail

“Fans of Taylor’s previous book, Stanley Park, will expect the intelligence and rich polish on display in Silent Cruise…The collection ends with a novella . . . a work of baroque elegance and inventiveness. . . . that encapsulates the many occupations and preoccupations—food, art, technology, and the glories of a great con—that make Timothy Taylor a writer to seek and savour.” —National Post


Genre: Fiction—Literary
Length: 423 pages (pb)
Publication Date: December 2001 (pb)

Canada English rights, Vintage Canada

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TIMOTHY TAYLOR is a bestselling, award-winning novelist and journalist. He has an MBA from the Queens University School of Business and a BA Economics from the University of Alberta. He became a freelance journalist and novelist after his short time in business and, as of July 2013, has been full time faculty at the UBC Creative Writing Program. His new novel is The Blue Light Project, which was awarded the CBC Bookie Prize in the literary fiction category. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.