My Fine Fellow is a food inspired take on the classic Pygmalion or My Fair Lady story. Set in 1800’s England, the story follows the training and rise of Mr. Elijah Little as two aspiring culinarians (students of the culinary arts) take him under their wing and seek to elevate his circumstances.
The review of this novel is short, simply because there is really nothing new here. The story is a cookie-cutter retelling of My Fair Lady, right down to the character names being pulled almost exactly from the movie, just in gender role reversal. Take out the flowers and substitute food and you can pretty much tell the whole story without ever reading the book. The only thing surprising in this story was that in the end the love story is between an alternate character as relates to the original. This novel does weave in the novelty of dealing with issues of anti-Semitism and mixed racial relationships, but not enough to redeem it from mediocrity.
Appropriate for younger audiences given its content rating, maybe the younger masses will be unfamiliar with the baselines enough to find it interesting. Fans of My Fair Lady are either going to love or hate it. I found it as a so-so read that was predictable but well-written enough that I could finish and see the author’s love for the story.
Review of a Digital Advance Reading Copy Provided by the Publisher.
Profanity/Language: 2 mild obscenities.
Violence /Gore: Recall of man’s death as result of beating.
Sex/Nudity: Two instances of hand-holding.
Mature Subject Matter:
Death, socio-economic conflict, anti-Semitism.
Drug and Alcohol Usage: