A magnificent novel. A story of slow, violent beauty
Seared with incandescent prose, imbued with generosity, The Cheffe is the work of a supreme writer
A virtuoso novel that borrows from the classics to create the life of a cheffe. Subtly sublime
The Cheffe joins the remarkable procession of intense, passionate heroines of Marie NDiaye
Rich, meandering . . . NDiaye excels at luscious, forensic descriptions of the ritualistic preparation of food
There's the evenness of her prose, eminently polished, deliciously rhythmic, that seems to glide over the violence underneath . . . Who is this writer? And how did she get to be so good?