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Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune Paperback – June 11, 2019
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“Lim serves up love, loss, heritage, and hints of the supernatural on a silver platter in this magical and mouthwatering debut...This eminently filmable tale of finding one’s own path while honoring one’s history is delicious and spellbinding.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Sprinkled with real recipes and hints of magic realism throughout, this tale of homecoming makes for a light bite to satiate yourself with.”—Vogue (HK)
“Vivid and lyrical with a touch of magic. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune explores culture, community, and the complex love between mothers and daughters, leaving your heart full…and your belly hungry. I absolutely loved it.”—Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient
“Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune is for every reader who likes a side of magic with their foodie fiction. You’ll want to move into the Chinatown neighborhood for the mouth-watering dumplings and the charming, eclectic neighbors. Exquisitely written, Roselle Lim sifts through the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, the freedom in unraveling family secrets, and the power of resilience.”—Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go
“Roselle Lim serves up a feast for the senses and the heart with this magical tale of love, loss, and redemption in San Francisco's Chinatown. Filled with luscious, mouth-watering recipes, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune explores the hidden ties of family, mental illness, and desires lost and found, through the delectably transformative power of food. I had to stop myself from running out to buy juicy roast pork, plump crispy dumplings, and sweet pea sprouts!”—Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost Bride and The Night Tiger
“A truly delicious page-turner, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune is a magical feast for the mind, the heart, and the senses. With mouth-watering prose, crystallized characters, and a healthy dash of magic, Lim has created the perfect recipe for a truly delicious page-turner. I devoured this book. Sign me up for seconds!”—Samantha Verant, author of How to Make a French Family
“What a treat! Reminiscent of Joanne Harris’s bestselling novel, Chocolat, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune is heaped with heart and topped with the sweetest sprinkle of magic, creating a literary and culinary feast. Infused with ancient traditions and tantalizing recipes, Roselle Lim cooks up a mouth-watering tale that’s sure to delight!”—Lori Nelson Spielman, New York Times bestselling author of The Life List
“Loss, homecoming, romance, recipes, and magic mingle in this debut novel....the book is distinguished by the love Lim shows the neighborhood, the characters, and the food.”—Kirkus Reviews
“For those beachgoers who love the magic of summertime and new beginnings, there is a book coming out soon that is simply meant for you—Roselle Lim's Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune.”—Elite Daily
“Summer beckons a reading list that is as light, fun and feel-good as the season itself. Roselle Lim’s Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune definitely fits that need. … Lim’s magical storytelling, excellent cast of supporting characters and mouth-watering recipes make this book a must for your summer reading list.”—BookPage
“A smashing debut that will leave readers hungry for more.”—Fresh Fiction
“When you read this book, you can feel the love of culture and food within its pages. More importantly, you can see how entangled food, culture, and family can become. It’s a book about how food can bring people together, but also drive them apart. Filled with lush, lyrical writing, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune is the kind of book that’ll fill you with warmth, and make you extremely hungry.”—BookRiot
About the Author
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1984803255
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984803252
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Publisher : Berkley; Reprint Edition (June 11, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #117,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I loved the magic in this book! It’s subtle, but Roselle Lim makes you believe that cooking and sharing a meal can really bring people together! Her descriptions of the meals Natalie makes are absolutely mouth watering! The picture Lim paints of the dull, grey Chinatown and it’s suffering is so vivid. I ached for the loss Natalie suffered and I was rooting for her to succeed! There was a little romance thrown into the book that didn’t have much depth to it. I wish it would have been a little bit more so I could have fallen for Daniel and Natalie together but it seemed very abrupt and short. All of Natalie’s questions were answered in the perfect way! I love the strong family and tradition aspect of this book.
Ok, so, I’m gonna level with you here: I didn’t think this book needed the romance. *record scratch* I KNOW. I can’t believe these words are coming from me (certified rom-com hoe right here) but the romance felt underdeveloped and less important to me than the overall story of finding connection with your ancestry and placing roots in the midst of gentrification and cultural hegemony.
While the romance fell flat for me, this book felt like a love letter to cooking. And I was here for it. Reading Laolao’s recipes reminded me of growing up in my grandma’s kitchen, watching as she effortlessly cooked multi-course Chinese meals for our family. The warmth I felt reading the cooking scenes—watching how Natalie used food to communicate—made this a special reading experience for me, even if I wasn’t completely sold in the end.
Top reviews from other countries
Natalie returns to her home when her mother died after being estranged for years to find the neighbourhood in trouble. She decides to revive her grandmother's restaurant that her mother had closed up when she didn't want to continue the business. She finds her grandmother's recipe book and decide to try recipes out on her neighbours to see whether she can repeat the magic that her grandmother was famed for, bolstered by a seer's prediction that this would save the neighbourhood.
Certainly the recipes given were very tempting, I had eaten food similar to these, maybe without the same effects though. Throw in a touch of romance and a plot twist and I ended up finishing this book in the small hours as I couldn't put it down.
I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley, however enjoyed it so much that I also bought it from Amazon
I was hooked by the story from the start and fascinated by the Chinese customs and beliefs.
It is set in San Francisco and having been there, I could imagine the story unfolding.
Natalie returns after a long time away as her mother has died. She spends time In her mother’s flat and meets people she knew from before she left.
Her Grandmother’s restaurant is below the flat and has been closed for years. Natalie finds her grandmother’s recipe book and has decisions to make. Follow her head or her heart?
I would definitely recommend this book as the story is just wonderful.