Number One Chinese Restaurant

Number One Chinese Restaurant

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, is not only a beloved go-to setting for hunger pangs and celebrations; it is its own world, inhabited by waiters and kitchen staff who have been fighting, loving, and aging within its walls for decades. When disaster strikes, this working family's controlled chaos is set loose, forcing each character to confront the conflicts that fast-paced restaurant life has kept at bay. Owner Jimmy Han hopes to leave his late father's homespun establishment for a fancier one. Jimmy's older brother, Johnny, and Johnny's daughter, Annie, ache to return to a time before a father's absence and a teenager's silence pushed them apart. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Duck House employees, are tempted to turn their thirty-year friendship into something else, even as Nan's son, Pat, struggles to stay out of trouble. And when Pat and Annie, caught in a mix of youthful lust and boredom, find themselves in a dangerous game that implicates them in the Duck House tragedy, their families must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice to help their children.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250141293
Branch Call Number: FIC LI
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 13, 2018

Jimmy Han, a first-generation American, now owns the Duck House, a Chinese restaurant that his immigrant parents built from the ground up. Tired of the menu, tired of the customers, and especially tired of the long time employees, he wants to open his own restaurant in trendy Georgetown with a fusion Asian menu and beautiful customers. As his efforts slowly implode, the reader is drawn into a world where family obligations, employee needs, and the real cost of doing business collide. The story behind the founder's legend on the restaurant portrait is a lot more nuanced and painful. Through a darkly comic lens, Li explores the immigrant experience and its effect on the following generations.

debwalker May 29, 2018

Behind the scenes at a dysfunctional Chinese American family's restaurant!


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