The sharply comic debut about the tangled lives of people working, fighting and falling in love in a neighbourhood Chinese restaurant
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.
Number One Chinese Restaurant is an exuberant and wise multigenerational debut from a brilliant new writer.
Lillian Li received her BA from Princeton and her MFA from the University of Michigan. She has received the Hopwood Award in Short Fiction, and her work has been featured in Guernica, Granta and Jezebel. She currently teaches English composition and Creative Writing at the University of Michigan and works as a bookseller at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor.
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