This story of family and identity, migration and integration, culture and self-discovery is told through family history, memory, and the occasional recipe.
Diamond Grill is a rich banquet where Salisbury steak shares a menu with chicken fried rice, and birds nest soup sets the stage for Christmas plum pudding; where racism simmers behind the shiny clean surface of the action in the cafe.
An exciting new edition of Fred Wah's best-selling bio-fiction, on the 10th anniversary of its original publication, with an all new Afterword by the author and the same pagination as the original publication.
Diamond Grill is the third title in NeWest Press' Landmark Editions series. Landmark Editions are previously published works by established and recognized western Canadian authors that will enjoy new life in this series. NeWest is proud to offer this series as a strong addition to the heritage of western Canadian literature.
Praise for Diamond Grill
“Fred Wah’s Diamond Grill is a small gem of a book . . . from unpunctuated prose poems, recipes, and excerpts from research materials, to beautifully detailed descriptions of the restaurant itself, funny and warm character sketches, and philosophical musings upon anthropology and identity.”
~ Quill and Quire
“This collection has been written with delicate precision, and Fred Wah, who takes great care in reproducing his family histories and mixed-race heritage, delicious foods, seasons, and community life, makes the Diamond Grill come alive.”
~ Pacfic Reader
“Fred Wah’s Diamond Grill serves up a tasty literary entrée—as well as providing an entrance to a world about which we need to know if we’re to understand ourselves.”
~ The Vancouver Sun