Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li


Thank you to Henry Holt Books and Lillian Li for gifting me this book in exchange for a review. This did not affect my opinion in any way.

This debut novel focuses on the multigenerational relationships between many of the staff/owners and associated family that work for The Beijing Duck House restaurant in Maryland.

This novel follows the various characters in their own perspectives while confronting family issues, new love/old love and everything in between before and after the Duck House tragedy. I loved the complex romantic relationships, the way varipus family members reacted to sorrow/tragedy and even criminal behavior. Lilluan Li develops multi-dimensional characters within a meager 288 pages.

Recommended if you love books about family dramas, restaurant life, secrets and complex friendships/relationships.