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Number One Chinese Restaurant

(2018)
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'A freshly written, punchily flavoured and richly realised tale of intergenerational family strife' -- Sunday Times

'Captivating... full of sensual imagery... colourful and unforced... a debut novel whose lessons can be savoured' -- Irish Times

'Prose as peppery as the Szechuan lamb chops and situations as sticky as the carpets' -- Vogue

'A warm, moving, multi-generational family saga, but with a blackly comic streak that will make you snort your tea' -- Sam Baker, The Pool Bedtime Bookclub

The popular Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland has been serving devoted regulars for decades, but behind the staff's professional smiles simmer tensions, heartaches and grudges from decades of bustling restaurant life.

Owner Jimmy Han has ambitions for a new high-end fusion place, hoping to eclipse his late father's homely establishment. Jimmy's older brother, Johnny, is more concerned with restoring the dignity of the family name than his faltering relationship with his own teenaged daughter, Annie. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Duck House employees, yearn to turn their thirty-year friendship into something more, while Nan's son, Pat, struggles to stay out of trouble.

When disaster strikes and Pat and Annie find themselves in a dangerous game that means tragedy for the Duck House, their families must finally confront the conflicts and loyalties simmering beneath the red and gold lanterns.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A darkly comic novel about complicated families?those created by blood and those forged through circumstance. With wit and heart, Li explores a Chinese-American community torn between ambition and loyalty as each character strives for a world bigger than the restaurant that has bound them together. An exciting debut." - Brit Bennett

"If a Chinese restaurant can be seen as a kind of cultural performance, Lillian Li takes us behind the scenes to offer a richly engrossing story of overlapping intrigues?commercial, generational, and romantic. She conjures the 'eco-system' of this workplace with insider acuity and renders her bustling, hustling clan of waiters, hostesses, cooks, and managers with brilliant feeling. Number One Chinese Restaurant is a vibrant, memorable debut." - Peter Ho Davies

"This novel practically thumps with heartache and sharp humor." - Chang-Rae Lee

"Lillian Li is a brilliant young writer and someone to watch. Her work understands human secrets generally as well as secret places both in the world and in the mind; her narratives are complex, mysterious, moving, and surprising." - Lorrie Moore


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February 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Number One Chinese Restaurant: LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
Author(s): Lillian Li
ISBN: 1-911590-07-3 / 978-1-911590-07-1 (UK edition)
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Title: Number One Chinese Restaurant (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
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Title: Number One Chinese Restaurant: A Novel
Author(s): Lillian Li
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Title: Number One Chinese Restaurant
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ISBN: 1-911590-09-X / 978-1-911590-09-5 (UK edition)
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Title: Number One Chinese Restaurant
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Title: Number One Chinese Restaurant
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ISBN: 1-911590-16-2 / 978-1-911590-16-3 (UK edition)
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June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Number One Chinese Restaurant: A Novel
Author(s): Lillian Li
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Title: Number One Chinese Restaurant: A Novel
Author(s): Lillian Li
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Number One Chinese Restaurant: A Novel
Author(s): Lillian Li
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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February 2019 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Number One Chinese Restaurant: LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
Author(s): Lillian Li
Publisher: ONE
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June 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Number One Chinese Restaurant: A Novel
Author(s): Lillian Li
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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