#BookReview: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

5 stars

Genre: Magical realism


  • Strong weaving in of cultural observations
  • Poetic and lyrical
  • Bonus recipes


  • Appears to be a predictable narrative (but stick with it!)

Absolutely loved this book! Lim’s lyrical prose really draws you in. I love the magical aspects of this book and all the cultural details artfully woven into it.

To be honest, I thought this book might be very straight-forward, with its transformative recipes. I was very glad to be proven wrong and provided with a lovely twist in the book. It was great reading how Natalie has to battle her circumstances and really take charge of the restaurant–and the surrounding neighborhood as well.

A book that beautifully explores homecoming, grief, and drive. Highly recommended. 

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  1. I like your review. It’s clear and concise. The combination of lyrical prose, magical aspects, cultural details, and Asian food draws my interest.

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