Day 86 – Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
This is one of my favorite books this year. It is elegant, lyrical and lovely. It’s also swooningly romantic, a bittersweet look at mother-daughter relationships, and a beautiful reminder of how powerful cultural and neighborhood connections and friendships can be.
It’s both funny and touching
Oh, and it has exquisite descriptions of food, and some of the most breathtaking and exciting use of magical elements I’ve read recently (or technically, listened to….).
Can you tell I liked this one?
Please read this magical journey of food, friendship, love, romance, Chinese culture and new beginnings.
It’s a delightful adventure.
(I’d also like to mention that I listened to the audio and Catherine Ho did an excellent job. The audio is here.)
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune
Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim’s magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.
At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn’t spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco’s Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She’s even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant.
The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around—she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.
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