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The Banquet of Esther Rosenbaum
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The Banquet of Esther Rosenbaum

By Penny Simpson
Published by Alcemi
ISBN 9780955527234
Category Literary/History/Magic Realism
November 2009


Author's Biography

Penny Simpson is Head of Media at Welsh National Opera. Trained as a journalist, she was Barclays/TMA Theatre Critic of the Year in 1991. An author of short stories which have appeared in anthologies from Bloomsbury, Virago and the Dalkey Archive Press, she is a recent Hawthornden Fellow.


“[An] extravaganza of the real and the imagined... sumptuous... [marked by its] humour, verve and hallucinatory strangeness.” Clare Morgan, Times Literary Supplement

“A feast of language... served on a platter embellished with similes and metaphors so strong that their aromas permeate the text with every page.” Jewish Book World

“... an intriguing first novel.” Marta Segal Block, www.booklistonline

“Moving and inspiring... very much recommended reading.” Library Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review

“Casts an intoxicating spell, blending tragedy, satire and magic realism to create a sensuous exploration of food, revolution and the resurrection of community through memory.” New Welsh Review

“Compelling... superb talent for storytelling” - Wales Literature Exchange

“...real and imaginary characters are equally magical, as are the incredible creations of this latter day celebrity chef.” Karl Dallas, Morning Star

“A feast of words, painting vivid pictures of people and places, and passionate characters you can't help but care about. Well worth a read.” Big Issue Cymru



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Brilliant and absorbing. Can't imagine why this first novel has not got many more votes!
fascinating read!
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