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Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune

By: Roselle Lim

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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ISBN: 9781984803252

JLG Release: Aug 2019

Sensitive Areas: Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: Chinese Americans , Families , Chinese cuisine , Cooking , Chinatown, San Francisco, California , Romance

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August 2019



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8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

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Berkley (Adult)

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes


Chinese Americans, Families, Chinese cuisine, Cooking, Chinatown, San Francisco, California, Romance,

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