[frolic] Roselle Lim on Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune, Family Superstitions, Carly Rae Jepsen and More!
Roselle Lim’s debut novel, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune released on June 11th. It is a beautifully written tale of “food, heritage and finding family in the most unexpected places.” Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown, we follow our heroine, Natalie, as she processes the guilt she feels over the loss of her estranged mother while struggling to reopen the long-abandoned family restaurant. That means this tale is ripe with food-centric metaphors, a personal fave of mine! Lim does a lovely job setting the scenes with her lyrical writing style. You can smell the smells and practically feel the heaviness of the air with her descriptions. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune deals with a lot of family superstitions and beliefs passed down from generation to generation – this gives us a light and airy feel that some might consider magical. I would not classify this as magical realism, but the realizations of these superstitions definitely give it an almost otherworldly feel. This Women’s Fiction novel with romantic threads throughout was uniquely enjoyable for a southern, superstitious foodie like me!
Lim’s debut is a page-turner, and I am excited to watch her writing journey progress.