'The Restaurant Reviewer,' a Love Story, is Dedicated to the People of New York City

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On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, OMR Press announces publication of "The Restaurant Reviewer," a love story, as a tribute to New York City's strength and survival. The novel, by food journalist and fiction author Nao Hauser, tells a story of love, loss, grieving, and healing, and is dedicated to the people of New York City.

"In the kitchen here ingredients are cherished. This restaurant remembers that food tastes good."--from "The Restaurant Reviewer," dedicated to the People of New York City, 9/11/11

Set in lower Manhattan in the wake of 9/11, "The Restaurant Reviewer" weaves the fears and hopes of its characters into a story of what matters, what endures, in the wake of loss. Published by OMR Press, it focuses on an old family-owned restaurant, Booths, whose devoted chef and proprietor, Matthias Constantine, has collapsed from a stroke. The question facing everyone around him is whether, and how, his restaurant can survive. The answers explore connections to place, memory, and the passage of time--especially those of the chef.

The story is narrated by Shaylie Drinan, a restaurant reviewer for a major New York newspaper, who finds herself drawn inexorably into the survival of Booths through her lover, Damian Constantine, Matthias’s son.

Matthias Constantine has spent his life preparing and refining the fare at his restaurant, a steakhouse on the Bowery that was founded by his immigrant grandfather and is now a clubhouse for City Hall politicians. His only help in the kitchen, and his avid protégé, is Armand Fenner, who was abandoned to the streets as a child and rescued by Matthias.

Years before Matthias collapsed his wife died in a car crash in front of the restaurant. His son, Damian, witnessed the scene of his mother’s death and took off for the West Coast as soon as he could to get away from the memory. He returned a dozen years later to try to leverage the restaurant’s real estate into lucrative investments for himself. In this plan he enlisted Tally Lee, a powerful politician who first came to Booths as a teenager to work as a waitress, befriended a City Council candidate and bore his daughter, and subsequently rose in Manhattan politics to become a Party boss.

The effects of the stroke leave Matthias Constantine weakened but create the conditions for his restaurant’s renewal. The catalyst for its future is the manager Damian hires to assist his father, a disillusioned doctor who wants to find more satisfying work and hopes to take over Booths one day. The doctor, trying to enhance the restaurant’s image and increase its business, unwittingly turns it into the venue that fosters romance between Matthias’s protégé, Fenner, and Tally Lee’s beloved daughter, Benita, who is a talented singer. By creating beautiful dishes to please Benita, Fenner brings the restaurant to new heights—and draws a battle line with those who would tear it down and forget it.

It is up to the restaurant reviewer, Shaylie Drinan, to find a way for Booths to go on. The resolution she brings to the story affirms the goodness of food, the meaning of love.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, "The Restaurant Reviewer" is available, for a limited time, for $.99 from Kindle eBooks at http://www.amazon.com

About Nao Hauser:
The author of "The Restaurant Reviewer," Nao Hauser, is a food journalist who has written about restaurants in New York City and all over the world for Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, and many other magazines and newspapers. She lives in Manhattan, where the devastation she witnessed on 9/11 inspired her to express in "The Restaurant Reviewer" her appreciation of the enduring beauty of New York City, its culture, its history, and its richness of experience.

Nao Hauser, author, "The Restaurant Reviewer"
OMR Press


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