The Prince and Breast Milk Cheese

For Sample Sunday, I’m sharing a stand-alone chapter (chapter 17) from my new book, Terminal Departure: A Cleo Matts Novel.

You can read the entire chapter here on GoodReads: The Prince and Breast Milk Cheese.

Washington Crossing the DelawareTo set up the scene, the chapter opens with the book’s antagonist, CIA agent Roman Demetrio, monitoring the interrogations of four plane crash survivors. While he and an Army general watch the process via closed-circuit monitors, they discuss the black man in the famous painting by Leutze: Washington Crossing the Delaware. If you can’t immediately spot him in the painting, read the chapter exerpt–it explains the whole story.

The characters also discuss something I’ve found strange in our culture since I first wondered about it years ago: Why are most adults ok with consuming milk from a filthy cow, but the idea of drinking milk from their own species turns their stomach?

Apparently, some others have wondered about this irrational reaction, too.

Earlier this spring, New York University graduate student Miriam Simun created an art display, The Lady Cheese Shop, in which she enlisted the help of three nursing women to provide connoisseurs with a variety of samples of human breast milk cheese.

Also earlier this year, Icecreamists, an ice-cream parlour in London’s Covent Garden, offered human breast milk ice-cream for sale. Store founder Matt O’Connor had this to say:

It’s pure, it’s natural, it’s organic, and it’s free range — and if it’s good enough for our kids, it’s good enough to use in our ice cream.

But, not everybody agrees. A few days later, local government officials confiscated the ice cream. Their reasoning? They were responding to two complaints from the public over whether a shop should be selling edibles made from other people’s bodily fluids. But they’re ok, as villain Roman Demetrio asserts, with consuming the bodily fluids of “a sh*t-splattered cow?”

To quote Kurt Vonnegut, “…and so it goes.”

As always, you can find the rest of my novel at the following links:

Amazon Kindle: Terminal Departure: A Cleo Matts Novel.

B&N Nook link: Terminal Departure: A Cleo Matts Novel.

Follow me on Twitter: @jwcrubau.

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