Hong Kong Buffet, by Brittani Sonnenberg
AN ENTERTAINING TOUR-DE-FORCE IN THE VOICES OF RURAL AMERICA
In Pocohantas, Mississippi, the Hong Kong Buffet is more than just a place to eat. Glory Ellis Higgins swears by it three times a week, but as editor of the Junior League Cookbook, Ruth Delaney knows that it isn’t of the finest quality; she comes to indulge her husband’s taste for sweet-and-sour pork. In eight monologues, the buffet’s patrons and employees express their hopes, disappointments, and prejudices. Sonnenberg’s talent for capturing idiosyncratic voices makes Hong Kong Buffet a revealing depiction of small-town American culture.