Ann Mah

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Kitchen Chinese

book | Fiction | 2010
US → HarperCollins (Ed. Wendy Lee)
A sparkling debut novel about a young Chinese-American woman who travels to Beijing, China, to find food, family, and herself

After a career-ending catastrophe, Isabelle Lee leaves the magazine world of New York for the magazine world of Beijing—one that’s considerably more limited, given her rudimentary knowledge of Chinese. Despite being Chinese-American, Isabelle only knows the kind of Chinese that is spoken in the kitchen.

Fortunately, this includes the language of food, and soon Isabelle immerses herself in Peking duck and Mongolian hot pot, when she’s not engulfed in pea-soup pollution and culture shock. There’s also the shock of reacquainting herself with her older sister, Claire, now a high-powered lawyer living the expat lifestyle. But, as she learns more about Claire, Isabelle begins to wonder if she’s not the only one who’s run away to China…

After numerous moments of cultural confusion, Isabelle can’t help but wonder if moving to Beijing was a mistake. Or is this frenetic, vibrant city of the future the perfect place to figure out who she really is?
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a refreshing and fun narrative, helped along by a fantastic heroine whose insights into modern China and the expatriate experience will intrigue readers
Publishers Weekly
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sizzling portrait of life in Beijing Rachel DeWoskin
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Ann Mah’s Kitchen Chinese is a delicious debut novel, seasoned with just the right balance of humor and heart, and sprinkled with fascinating cultural tidbits. Read thoroughly. Share with friends. Claire Cook
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