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Bold Fork Book Club: THE THICK AND THE LEAN by Chana Porter

Bold Fork Book Club: THE THICK AND THE LEAN by Chana Porter

    April 29, 2024 @ 06:00pm

    Join us in the shop for a night of conversation led by a Bold Fork Books staff member to discuss THE THICK AND THE LEAN by Chana Porter.

    We'll do a deep dive into the book and invite you-- if you are so moved-- to cook something inspired by the book and bring it to share. It's never required-- but always embraced.


    In Chana Porter’s “decadent and richly imagined” novel, an aspiring chef, a cyberthief, and a kitchen maid each break free of a society that wants to constrain them.

    In the quaint religious town of Seagate, abstaining from food brings one closer to God. But Beatrice Bolano is hungry. She craves the forbidden: butter, flambé, marzipan. As Seagate takes increasingly extreme measures to regulate every calorie its citizens consume, Beatrice must make a choice: give up her passion for cooking or leave the only community she has known.

    Elsewhere, Reiko Rimando has left her modest roots for a college tech scholarship in the big city. A flawless student, she is set up for success…until her school pulls her funding, leaving her to face either a mountain of debt or a humiliating return home. But Reiko is done being at the mercy of the system. She forges a third path—outside the law.A startling fable of the entwined perils of capitalism, body politics, and the stigmas women face for appetites of every kind, Chana Porter’s profound new novel explores the reclamation of pleasure as a revolutionary act.


    Chana Porter is an author, playwright, teacher, MacDowell fellow, and cofounder of The Octavia Project, a STEM and writing program for girls, trans, and nonbinary youth that uses speculative fiction to envision greater possibilities for our world. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and is also the author of The Seep, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her newest novel, The Thick and the Lean, was named Best Science Fiction of 2023 by The Times (London).

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