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A New York Times New & Noteworthy Book

A Now Magazine Best Book to Read for Summer 2019

It’s October in Montreal, 2002, and winter is coming on fast. Past due on his first freelance gig and ensnared in lies to his family and friends, a graphic design student with a gambling addiction goes after the first job that promises a paycheck: dishwasher at the sophisticated La Trattoria. Though he feels out of place in the posh dining room, warned by the manager not to enter through the front and coolly assessed by the waitstaff in their tailored shirts, nothing could have prepared him for the tension and noise of the kitchen, or the dishpit’s clamor and steam. Thrust on his first night into a roiling cast of characters all moving with the whirlwind speed of the evening rush, it’s not long before he finds himself in over his head once again. 

A vivid, magnificent debut, with a soundtrack by Iron Maiden, The Dishwasher plunges us into a world in which everyone depends on each other - for better and for worse.

©2020 Original French copyright Le Quartanier and Stéphane Larue, 2016 Translation Copyright Pablo Strauss, 2019 (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Awesome book

So glad I bought this. Highly recommend . Felt like was walking right alongside the main character down the streets of Montreal. Fantastic translation and narration

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Very interesting!

I bought this book because of the good reviews and because it was Canadian and I wasn’t disappointed. I really enjoyed getting inside the head of the main character and the narrator did a great job. I learned a lot about gambling addiction which I had never really understood before. The author’s detail into the thought process behind the decisions made was very enlightening. Awesome storyline!

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Interesting story

I’m not exactly sure why I enjoyed this story. I guess seeing how random chances and choices can change the trajectory of our lives...? It was well written and I felt like I was there. Some of the narrator’s pronunciations (gouache) had me grinding my teeth but otherwise it was well done.

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Excellent!

I'm always a little leary of books that are translated into English, however, I didn't feel like I was missing anything. the story was captivating from start to finish. Great performance as well. Very entertaining!