Intoxicated : A Novel
Yorkshire, 1869. When self-made Victorian businessman Isaac Brookes returns home from his wool mill in France he could not have suspected that a chance encounter on a train would alter the gastronomical landscape of the world. But when he meets, and almost kills, Rodrigo Vermilion, a hunchback midget dressed in rags--Vermilion sees in pragmatic Isaac a grand opportunity to improve his lot in life, and becomes determined to go into business with him. Enter the Temperance Soldiers, a band of righteous social moralists who offer Vermilion the inspiration, and idea he so desperately needs. One taste of his first Temperance Ale-worse he felt sure than the ancient slime at the bottom of the pond, old frog juice, and duck droppings scooped up in a glass-and this savvy schemer with a genius for persuasion is off and running and soon convinces Isaac and his son to invest their fortune on an idea sure to appeal to Victorian sensibilities: Rhubarilla(c), a fizzy, fruity drink that will sweep the world in ways that even the irrepressible Vermilion could have imagined. A family saga, a fairy tale, a fantastical history of England and of the origins of world's favorite soft drink-INTOXICATED is a witty, and dazzling treat from a writer of boundless imagination and promise.
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- Paperback | 353 pages
- 134 x 202 x 26mm | 281.23g
- 20 Apr 2007
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, United States
- Illustrations, black and white
"In the style of Gregory Maguire's fairytale reworkings, this fizzy literary concoction will intoxicate readers who love irreverent humor."--Library Journal