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Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2019; vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Roselle Lim (Tekijä)

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Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim's magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.   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.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune
Kirjailijat:Roselle Lim (Tekijä)
Info:Berkley (2019), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
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This was a quick read - I finished it in about three hours. It was light, and sweet, and lovely. It was also magical realism, which was a bit of a surprise to me, and if they're not used to to, might turn some readers off. But the magical elements gave the story an otherworldly, nearly fairy tale-like quality that was still rooted in the real world.

I really liked Natalie, who (like me) was rooted in two cultures. A large part of why I enjoyed the book was that I empathized with her so much, and the culture and food was already familiar to me. Her journey is a familiar one for those who are born with a foot in two worlds: trying to both honor the culture and traditions of our parents while living in a world where individuality and personal choice is paramount.

Early on, I was distracted by the writing style, which was a bit choppy, but I soon fell into the story and the world Lim created. It's a lovely book about food, family, and community that I found very satisfying. It reminded me a lot of Like Water for Chocolate or Chocolat.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher via Goodreads. ( )
  wisemetis | Dec 6, 2020 |
This reminded me of Like Water for Chocolate, but an Asian version. The "power" of food seems to be a hot topic lately - comfort? Natalie is a 20-something woman, traveling the world, (current stop Montreal) when she gets the call that her mother in San Francisco has passed away. Natalie returns home immediately and tries to piece together her agoraphobic mother's demise - why had she left the house? In talking to the elders in the Chinatown neighborhood she doesn't learn much initially, but she begins to see her heritage and the need to put down roots and invest in her community. She learns that her grandmother was a well-respected cook and inherits her cookbook from her mother's things. It seems to be imbued with "magic" that can heal relationships and people's character flaws, so Natalie sets about re-opening her grandmother's long-closed restaurant, making "magical" dishes that help not only the people she is cooking for, but the whole neighborhood. Her cooking also attracts a handsome tech start-up guy, Daniel who just happens by the shop when she makes dumplings that happened to be a childhood favorite. It's a light read for sure, but as such was lacking substance. I like a little more realism in my magical realism. Problems felt contrived and the solutions even more so, and everything has a neat conclusion including the identity of Natalie's long-lost father, her mentor relationship with the surly Mr. Wu, her ability to transform the neighborhood with her restaurant and her belated understanding of her mother's condition. This reads more like a fairy tale and didn't ring true to me. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
DNF ( )
  Alevis | May 17, 2020 |
I received a free ebook copy of Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune, from NetGalley in exchange for feedback and an honest review.

2.5*

When Natalie's agoraphobic mother dies, Natalie returns to San Francisco's Chinatown after seven years abroad to settle her affairs. Natalie's mother didn't approve of her dream to become a chef like her mother before her, which led to their falling out years before, and their lack of social supports during her childhood left Natalie seemingly her mother's only means of help. When Natalie returns, her neighbors see her as having betrayed her mother by leaving her, but Natalie sees it another way: she feels that her neighbors betrayed her and her mother by not helping them.

In inheriting her grandmother's recipe book and restaurant, Natalie is suddenly faced with the opportunity to achieve her dreams right in the place she ran from 7 years ago. Her fortune seems to be looking up, yet as she cooks from her grandmother's book, things start to go awry...

As much as I enjoyed some of the different ingredients that made up Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune, I really struggled with others. Reading about Natalie's complicated yet loving relationship with her Ma-Ma was very poignant, but it was hard to grasp that their rift was so bad as to last 7 years -- until her death -- particularly as Natalie goes on to place blame on her neighbors for not taking care of her agoraphobic mother. It's never clear if Natalie really thinks her neighbors aren't caring for her Ma-Ma (they are, in truth), or if she thinks she has left her mother without any supports whatsoever for 7 years. She also blames the father she never met for her mother's agoraphobia because he might have "saved her."

Grief does a lot of things to a person but I didn't feel like any of this blame resolved itself very well.

Furthermore, Natalie is flighty -- she left her mother, moved around, and then left a fiance in Manila because she was afraid of commitment. Later in the novel she tries to run again when things go south for her and nearly ruins relationships because of this.

I've seen this book classified as a romance and it isn't! It's magical realism! There is a romantic interest, but he's just some tech guy who owns a two-bedroom in San Francisco. She isn't even impressed by this. She calls his office "modest" and waxes poetic on how love feels while on their first date. I just wasn't impressed. Natalie shows up and meddles in her neighbors' lives. It's rude. She feels bad about it, but it's so stressful.

Overall I enjoyed the gorgeous recipes throughout and learning about Natalie's neighbors, but I really struggled to appreciate the narrator's perspective. ( )
  kittenelephant | Mar 21, 2020 |
Meh. Used the word laolao about fourteen times in 3 pages. Recipes looked good... but meh. ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
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Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim's magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.   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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