According to a neighborhood seer, the only way Natalie can save San Francisco's Chinatown is by cooking three recipes from her grandmother's cookbook. She receives help from a surprising love interest in this delicious debut.
“Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune” is one of Popsugar’s Best 2019 Summer Books for Women.
When Natalie Tan returns home after her mother dies, she is shocked to discover she inherited her grandmother's restaurant. After all, Natalie hadn't spoken to her mother in seven years because she didn't support her career as a chef. But now she is back in San Francisco's Chinatown. Will she stay and try to revitalize her family's restaurant? Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune is a delight — filled with magic and love and, best of all, recipes!
Infused with the flavors of Chinese cuisine and sprinkled with magic, Lim’s debut will be a treat for fans of Mary Simses, Ashton Lee, and Nina George. Her prose is infectious, with a cinematic flair. Readers will fall in love with Natalie, her multifaceted supporting cast, and the sights, sounds, and smells of San Francisco. This bighearted and deeply-felt story stirs together mourning, nostalgia, and the freedom of new possibilities.
Natalie Tan left Chinatown behind long ago when her mother wouldn’t support her dreams of being a chef. Returning after her mother’s death, she’ll be left to grieve and take care of the restaurant she just inherited from her grandmother. Despite her dislike of the city, she will soon learn that all she needs is a little love from the community to finally feel part of the place she once called home.
Natalie Tan returns to her childhood home in San Francisco after news of her estranged mother's death. They often fought about Natalie's dreams to become a chef, so there's an additional shock when she learns she's inherited her grandmother's restaurant. One Goodreads reviewer suggested that you read it on an empty stomach, because you'll devour every word.
Harper Impulse has acquired the rights to publish my novel in the UK! The details are below.
I have a guest blogpost detailing cultural expectations and the character of Xifeng from Julie Dao's FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS.
I hope you enjoy it.
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Berkley Invests in Lim’s Debut
After winning two books at auction for six figures, Cindy Hwang at Berkley will publish Roselle Lim’s debut novel, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune. Jenny Bent at the Bent Agency brokered the deal, which includes a second, currently untitled novel, for U.S., Canadian, and translation rights. Berkley said Natalie Tan, slated for summer 2019, is “a heartwarming novel of magical realism in which an aspiring chef returns home to San Francisco following her estranged mother’s death and must master a series of enchanted recipes in order to revive her family’s old Chinatown restaurant.” The second book in the deal is scheduled for summer 2020.
Source: Publisher's Weekly