Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian LiThe popular Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland has been serving devoted regulars for decades, but behind the staffs 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 fathers homely establishment. Jimmys older brother, Johnny, is more concerned with restoring the dignity of the family name than his faltering relationship with his own teenage daughter, Annie. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Duck House employees, yearn to turn their thirty-year friendship into something more, while Nans 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.
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Number One Chinese Restaurant: A Novel
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As the long-running argument simmers, they also deal with the daily running of the restaurant along with the staff they inherited, many of whom have been with the restaurant for decades, including Nan and Ah-Jack. Li has crafted complex and nuanced characters that experience love and longing, sadness, guilt and all-too-fleeting moments of joy. Told from the points of view of a number of different main characters, Li begins the novel in the restaurant during dinner service. Desperate to rid himself of the Duck House for something that he can call his own, Jimmy has asked Uncle Pang for help. Li writes:.
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But maybe someday soon, this novel—with the same name—will rise to the top of the search engines. You cannot eat this book but you just might devour it., In a book that seems unsure of its main character, the initial focus is on Jimmy Han , a divorced man in his 40s who has inherited the Duck House from his father, Bobby, and wants to close the restaurant to start his own high-end fusion place.