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The Epicure's Lament

(2004)
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Hugo Whittier-failed poet and former kept man-is a wily misanthrope with a taste for whiskey, women, and his own cooking. Afflicted with a rare disease that will be fatal unless he quits smoking, Hugo retreats to his once aristocratic family's dilapidated mansion, determined to smoke himself to death without forfeiting any of his pleasures. To his chagrin, the world that he has forsaken is not quite finished with him. First, his sanctimonious older brother moves in, closely followed by his estranged wife, their alleged daughter, and his gay uncle. Infuriated at the violation of his sanctum, Hugo devises hilariously perverse ploys to send the intruders packing. Yet the unexpected consequences of his schemes keep forcing him to reconsider, however fleetingly, the more wholesome ingredients of love, and life itself.

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Hardback Editions

February 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Epicure's Lament: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Christensen
ISBN: 0-7679-1030-3 / 978-0-7679-1030-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

January 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Epicure's Lament
Author(s): Kate Christensen
ISBN: 0-385-72098-X / 978-0-385-72098-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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July 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Epicure's Lament
Author(s): Kate Christensen
Publisher: Anchor
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