Number One Chinese Restaurant (Paperback)Lillian Li (author)
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Full of warmth, compassion and generosity of spirit, The Number One Chinese Restaurant is a bittersweet investigation of family life and how tension and frustration can simmer when your siblings are also your business colleagues. Poignant without being trite and rich in wit and wisdom, Li’s heart-warming novel is a mouth-watering literary feast.
Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
The popular Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland has been serving devoted regulars for decades, but behind the staff's professional smiles simmer tensions, heartaches and grudges from decades of bustling restaurant life.
Owner Jimmy Han has ambitions for a new high-end fusion place, hoping to eclipse his late father's homely establishment. Jimmy's older brother, Johnny, is more concerned with restoring the dignity of the family name than his faltering relationship with his own teenaged daughter, Annie. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Duck House employees, yearn to turn their thirty-year friendship into something more, while Nan's son, Pat, struggles to stay out of trouble.
When disaster strikes and Pat and Annie find themselves in a dangerous game that means tragedy for the Duck House, their families must finally confront the conflicts and loyalties simmering beneath the red and gold lanterns.
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'Action-packed...a compelling family story' - USA Today
'Lillian Li is a brilliant young writer and someone to watch' - Lorrie Moore
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“A Brilliant Debut”
This book really intrigued me before I started reading Number One Chinese Restaurant the debut by Lillian Li. (One, Imprint of Pushkin Press). I need not have worried. An incredible novel set in a Chinese restaurant... More
“A solid debut”
A solid debut which introduces the reader to the messy lives, and family relationships, of a set of complex characters all connected, in some way, to the same restaurant.
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