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The Dim Sum of All Thingsby Kim Wong Keltner
To dim sum it up, this book is appetizing, fresh, and sassy. Antiques Road Show, Asian cuisine, and dating disasters add charm, but the story is so funny you almost forget how good the writing is.
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Bridget Jones meets The Joy Luck Club in this hip and funny first novel in which twenty-something Lindsey Owyang tries to deny her affinity for Peking duck and Hello Kitty toys, lusts after "white devils," all while living with her irreverent grandmother who sets Lindsey up on blind dates with grandsons of her mahjong partners.
Every five years my mother had her fortune read by Lulu Cho, owner of the Golden Lotus Massage Club for Men. Now it was my turn. And Lulu predicted one hurricane of a future for me!
Judith Soo Jin Raphaels childhood was shaped by her hardworking immigrant mother, her father who left them, and her struggles to fit in as a half-Korean, half-Jewish kid in a tough urban neighborhood. But music lessons gave her a purpose and passion. Now, as Judiths fiftieth birthday nears, she has rewarding work as a cellist with the Maryland Philharmonic, an enthusiastic if uncommitted lover, and a quirky but close relationship with her mother.
Then chaos strikes: Judiths first love, who dumped her decades ago, returns to dazzle her with his golden pedigree and brilliant career. Her long-absent father arrives out of the blue with a snazzy car and a con mans patter, turning her mother into a love-struck flirt whom Judith barely recognizes. All this while her mentor at the orchestra falls seriously ill. No wonder Judith develops a paralyzing case of stage fright.
Judith finds herself feeling—and sometimes acting—slightly unhinged, but shes convinced that happiness will arrive any day now. Shes just got to hold on tight during this midlife shake-up...and claim the prize that life surely has in store for her.
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<blockquote> <p> <i> Have you ever wondered: </i> </p> <p> <ul type=disc> <li>Why Asians love Hello Kitty?</li> </p> <p> <li>What the tattooed Chinese characters really say?</li> </p> <p> <li>How to achieve feng shui for optimum make-out sessions?</li> </p> <p> <li>Where Asian cuties meet the white guys who love them?</li> </ul> </p> </blockquote> <p> Then you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll realize this book is better than a Broadway production of Cats when you read scenes that include: </p> <p> <ul type=disc> <li>twenty-something Lindsey Owyang mastering the intricacies of office voicemail and fax dialing</li> </p> <p> <li>an authentic Chinese banquet where Number One Son shows off his language skills by speaking Chinglish</li> </p> <p> <li>dating disasters with grandsons of Grandma's mahjong partners</li> </p> <p> <li>the discovery that the real China looks nothing like the pavilion at Disney World</li> </p> <p> <li>karaoke</li> </ul> </p> <p> And all the while Lindsey is falling in lust with the white devil in her politically correct office. But will Grandma's stinky Chinese ointments send him running? Or will Lindsey realize that the path to true love lies somewhere between the dim sum and the pepperoni pizza? </p>
About the Author
In the fourth grade, Kim Wong Keltner won a cutthroat spelling bee, which encouraged her aspirations as a writer. Over the years, she honed her ear for dialogue by listening to elderly Chinese women dish dirt over endless games of mahjong. She met her husband at a Chaucer seminar when she stretched out her hand and said, "Come with me if you want to live." They now reside in San Francisco's Sunset District, where all the other Chinese people live.
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