The lemon

by Boyd, S. E.,

Format: Print Book 2022
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" T his poised and playful debut novel is a sly satire on foodie culture and the modern hype machine. . . . As tart as 'artisanal citrus,' as sharp as a chef's knife, The Lemon is both a gleeful foodie sendup and an incisive takedown of the commercial exploitation of just about everything."
-The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)

Named a Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2022 by Entertainment Weekly . Vogue . AARP the Magazine . The AV Club . Parade . Eater . New York Post . LitHub . Publishers Lunch . and more!

Set in the intersecting worlds of fine dining, Hollywood, and the media, a darkly hilarious and ultimately affecting story about the underside of success and fame, and our ongoing complicity in devouring our cultural heroes.

While filming on location in Belfast, Northern Ireland, John Doe, the universally adored host of the culinary travel show Last Call , is found dead in a hotel room in an apparent suicide. As the news of his untimely demise breaks stateside, a group of friends, fixers, hustlers, and opportunists vie to seize control of the narrative- Doe's chess-master of an agent Nia, ready to call in every favor she is owed to preserve his legacy; down-on-her-luck journalist Katie, who fabricates a story about Doe to save her job at a failing website; and world-famous chef Paolo Cabrini, Doe's closest friend and confidant, who finds himself entangled with a deranged Belfast hotel worker whose lurid secret might just take them all down.

Bolstered by the authors' insider knowledge of high-end restaurants and low-end media, The Lemon delivers a raucous examination of our culture with deliciously cutting prose, crackling dialogue, and an unpredictable plot that will keep you riveted to the last page.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This rollicking takedown of fame by Boyd (the pen name for journalists Kevin Alexander and Joe Keohane and editor Alessandra Lusardi) entertains and revolts in equal measure. Celebrity bartender John Doe has made a name for himself based on his authenticity, showcased in his culinary travel television show. On location in Belfast, he accidentally dies from autoerotic asphyxiation. In an attempt to maintain the star's image, Doe's renowned-chef best friend and agent spin his death as a suicide. One problem is hotel employee Charlie, who snapped a salacious picture in the aftermath; another is Katie, a broke blogger who wrote a viral, if totally false, tribute to Doe; a third is celebrated chef-turned-sellout Patrick, who's angling to take over Doe's show. All are after money and fame and will do just about anything for it. Though the characters' awful behavior can overwhelm, and the plot loses some steam by the end, Boyd's writing is sharp and at times hilarious. Hand to readers who love a barbed satire."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This uneven debut satire from Boyd, a pen name for journalists Kevin Alexander and Joe Keohane and editor Alessandra Lusardi, centers on the death of an Anthony Bourdain--like TV personality named John Doe. After Doe dies accidentally in a Belfast hotel room from autoerotic asphyxiation, his close confidant, chef Paolo Cabrini, and his agent, Nia Greene, spin Doe's death as a suicide, determined to keep any "salacious" elements out of the story. As the news breaks, a small army of opportunists latch onto the narrative. In Nevada, Doe's old chef pal Patrick Whelan sets his sights on taking over Doe's television program. In New York, low-level blogger Katie Horatio publishes a viral post in which she falsely claims to have recently shared a meal with Doe. And in Belfast, hotel employee Charlie McCree snaps a photo of Doe's corpse, strikes up a conversation with Cabrini, and sees an opening to move to America. The writers are unafraid to let each character show an unpleasant side, but the narrative loses focus by the final act. Still, there's plenty of barbed commentary along the way (Nia on Patrick: "He'd still be a great chef, if only he hadn't self-commoditized with such desperate abandon that it killed his art"). Foodies might enjoy this. Agent: David Granger, Aevitas Creative. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Television cooking shows -- Fiction.
Travelogues (Television programs) -- Fiction.
Belfast (Northern Ireland) -- Fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Publisher [New York, New York] :Viking,2022
Language English
Description 282 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780593490440
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