‘Funny, brilliant and highly enjoyable’ – ELLE, Books to Watch in 2019
Number One Chinese Restaurant has been longlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction! Lillian Li’s sharply comic debut about the tangled lives of people working, fighting and falling in love in a neighbourhood Chinese restaurant is already has already been dubbed a must-read by Time, Buzzfeed, The Wall Street Journal, InStyle, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
The popular Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland has been serving devoted regulars for decades, but behind the staff’s professional masks simmer tensions, heartaches and grudges from decades of gruelling service work.
When Duck House manager Jimmy Han tries to sell his father’s old restaurant to move to a more upscale location, these conflicts are set loose, testing the bonds of this working family and they must finally confront the conflicts and loyalties simmering beneath the red and gold lanterns.
Number One Chinese Restaurant is an exuberant and wise multigenerational debut from a brilliant new writer – do not miss this one!