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The waiter / Matias Faldbakken ; translated by Alice Menzies.

Faldbakken, Matias, 1973- author. (Author). Menzies, Alice, translator. (Added Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library FAL (Text) 33500012838769 New Available -
Roseau Public Library FAL (Text) 35500006100596 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781501197529
  • ISBN: 1501197525
  • Physical Description: 247 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scout Press, 2018.

Content descriptions

General Note: "A novel"--Jacket.
"Originally published in Norway in 2017 by Oktober as The Hills"--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.: "In a centuries-old European restaurant called The Hills, a middle-aged waiter takes pride in the unchangeable aspects of his job: the well-worn uniform, the ragged but solid tablecloths, and the regular diners. Some are there daily, like Graham "Le Gris"--also known as The Pig--and his dignified group of aesthetes; the slightly more free-spirited drinking company around Tom Sellers; and the closest one can get to personal friends of the waiter, Edgar and his young daughter, Anna. In this universe unto itself, there is scarcely any contact between the tables...until a beautiful and well-groomed young woman walks through the door and upsets the delicate balance of the restaurant and all it has come to represent Like living in a snow globe, The Waiter is a captivating study in miniature. Everything is just so, and that's exactly how the waiter needs it to be. One can understand why he becomes anxious when things begin to change. In fact, given the circumstances, anxiety just might be the most sensible response..."--Provided by publisher.
Language Note: In English, translated from the Norwegian.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 October #1
    Norwegian author Faldbakken's U.S. debut unfolds over five days inside The Hills, an Oslo establishment akin to (though decidedly not as grand as) the "Grand European" restaurants of yore: marble tables; uniformed staff; creased everything; snails on the menu. The Hills' routines comfort our eponymous (and unnamed) narrator—even the few memories he shares take place there. Old Johansen's at the piano, Old Pedersen checks coats, the kitchen ceiling's blackened to soot, and the flowers on the bar are starting to rot. Truly, everything at The Hills is old. (Jarring mentions of social media remind readers it's the present day.) The waiter excels at decrumbing surfaces, being self-effacing, and bottling up emotion, but he might be coming undone. A mysterious new female customer throws him with her mere presence and then, much worse, by connecting formerly distinct groups of restaurant regulars. Faldbakken, who's also a visual artist, paints The Hills' interiors, the waiter's psyche, and diners' interactions with a deep, often-funny theatricality. For those who love encapsulated novels with a touch of the absurd. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Restaurants > Fiction.
Maître d's > Fiction.
Habit > Fiction.
Middle-aged men > Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Humorous / General.
Maître d's > Fiction.
Restaurants > Fiction.
Middle-aged men > Fiction.
Genre: Humorous fiction.
Humorous fiction.

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