Reviews

The Theory of Light and Matter

“If you are anything like me, you will read Andrew Porter’s The Theory of Light and Matter with the same feeling of simple gratitude that the first readers of Richard Ford’s Rock Springs must have experienced twenty years ago: here, you will think, is a true master of the short story, a writer of honesty and plainspoken poetry who knows the human soul in all its light and shadow and harnesses every sentence to the purpose of revealing it.”

—Kevin Brockmeier, author of The View from the Seventh Layer

“I’ve known of Andrew Porter’s genius for ten years. He’s a born storyteller. Every page of The Theory of Light and Matter will change something in your life and refresh you . . . He makes his own space instantly and invites you in. Hats off!”

—Barry Hannah, author of Airships

“Andrew Porter’s fiction is thoughtful, lucid and highly controlled. It is especially striking for the strong consistency of vision that is achieved in every story. He has the kind of voice one can accept as universal—honest and grave, with transparency as its adornment.”

—Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Gilead

“In a world where everything, including stories, seem to be moving so fast, reading Andrew Porter’s book is like stopping to catch your breath – and remember. These stories are patient and rare, and, to my mind, permanent. This is the kind of book that you will keep taking off the shelf to read again and again because you want to re-capture what it felt like to read them for the first time.”

—Peter Orner, Author of Esther Stories

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In Between Days

In Between Days is a tightly wound novel of suspense, wrapped in the emotional trials of a family teetering on the edge of disaster. Andrew Porter has given us a fresh, modern, literary page-turner, exposing in turn the inner lives of father, mother, brother and sister. Grown-ups go around behaving like children, while adult children refuse to grow up, until ultimately everyone is shaken from their sheltered lives and into a whole new world.”

—Hannah Tinti, Author of The Good Thief

“[Porter] writes with intuitiveness about the complexities of family life and creates indelible characters . . . What makes In Between Days so compelling is the characters. Each is holding something back from the others, carrying a secret, telling only half the truth most of the time. By withholding vital information, Porter is able to develop a sense of unease as thick as Houston smog . . . It’s our fictional work of the year.”

The San Antonio Express-News

“When it comes to novels about the modern family, nobody does it quite like the Americans. From John Cheever and Richard Yates to Jonathan Franzen, Jeffrey Eugenides and this year’s women’s prize for fiction winner AM Homes, no one can touch them for their portrayal of the dark underbelly of this supposedly model institution. In Between Days might well be Pennsylvania-born author Andrew Porter’s first novel, but it proves his credentials as a writer worthy of a place in this illustrious hall of fame. Eminently moving but never sentimental, Porter’s powerful tale of a dysfunctional family at breaking point is plotted with the suspense of a well-paced thriller.”

The Guardian

“[Gives] a real and moving sense of how families are composed of so many moments mutually and individually and collectively experienced . . . The author manages to make us care, to help us see how every move and each decision, however seemingly important or inconsequential, ravels and unravels a family’s life, as the fabric nonetheless somehow hold together . . . Eloquent.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune

In Between Days confirms that Andrew Porter has arrived . . . a Jamesian examination of character that dances a quadrille with the points of view of the four Hardings . . . the prose and pacing are nearly flawless.”

The Texas Observer

“This is Andrew Porter’s first novel and, as a portrait of a modern American nuclear family, it is a deft one. He weaves in the full tapestry of contemporary life and its complications: male menopause, desperate housewives, extended adolescence and race relations in post-9/11 America.”

The Dallas Morning News


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Chicken cooked in Riesling with onions, mushrooms and herbs
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Bouillabaisse
Traditional Provençal fish stew, with shrimp, mussels, clams and monkfish
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Sole Meunière
Pan-fried sole in butter and served with brown butter sauce, parsley and lemon
$28.00

Côte de Boeuf
60 days aged rib steak, pepper sauce, fondant potatoes
$31.00

Duck à l’Orange
Roasted duck breast with crispy skin and velvety citrus sauce
$26.50

Pea and Asparagus Risotto
With goat’s cheese, rocket and baby shoot salad
$22.00


Desserts

Chocolate Macarons
A classic French delicacy, filled with rich chocolate ganache
$12.00

Crêpe Suzette
Delicate crêpe in buttery, orange sauce; served flambé
$13.00

Praline Cake
Multi-layer praline and chocolate cake with caramel cream cheese
$12.00

Tarte Tatin
Sticky caramel sauce with apples, served with whipped cream
$12.00

Lemon Tart
zesty lemon tang, creamy custard and topped with meringue
$12.00

Trio of Fruit
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums and passion fruit
$28.00


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