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The Theoretical Foot by [Fisher, M. F. K.]
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Praise for M.F.K. Fisher

This previously unpublished autobiographical first novel by the acclaimed food writer presents a snapshot of a certain slice of American expat life in Switzerland in the late 1930s, all sumptuous feasts and sun-dappled terraces."- NatGeo Traveler

'Fisher's novel has exquisite moments... ' - Kirkus

'If I were still teaching high-school English, I'd use [Fisher's] books to show how to write simply, how to enjoy food and drink but, most of all, how to enjoy life. Her books and letters are one feast after another.' -Frank McCourt

'She writes about fleeting tastes and feasts vividly, excitingly, sensuously, exquisitely. There is almost a wicked thrill in following her uninhibited track through the glories of the good life.' -James Beard

'M.F.K. Fisher is our greatest food writer because she puts food in the mount, the mind and the imagination all at the same time. Beyond the gastronomical bravura, she is a passionate woman; food is her metaphor.' -Shana Alexander

'I do not know of anyone in the United States . . . who writes better prose.' -W. H. Auden "

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When her long-time agent and friend Robert Lescher died in 2012, the manuscript of M.F.K. Fisher’s unpublished first novel was discovered packed tidily away in one of Lescher’s signature red boxes.

Following on the success of Serve It Forth and written when she was in her early 30s, the novel employs Fisher’s characteristic sharp-eyed wit to sketch themes so outré they may have seemed too challenging for a proper woman of her time to attempt.

Set in the late 1930s,The Theoretical Foot concerns two expat American couples in Europe, tramping from country to country without sanction of marriage, this during an era when cohabitation—to say nothing of a girl’s hitchhiking!—could ruin a respectable woman’s reputation for all time. As fascism spreads and war inevitably approaches, the idyll of a beautiful life of love and freedom from convention is also threatened from within, as the man in one of the couples falls gravely ill with a rare circulatory disease.

And indeed, Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher and Dillwyn Parrish had been forced to return to Depression-era California where she was struggling to support them with her writing. Parrish—like the character in the story—was afflicted with Buerger’s disease, for which there was only one effective painkiller, unavailable in the States. Faced with unrelieved agony and the threat of serial amputations, Parrish killed himself in August of 1941. Weeks later the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the entire world was engulfed in war.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1285 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408880857
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (Feb. 1 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AR51QAK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #612,926 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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