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Author: Lillian Li Narrator: Nancy Wu Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2018 ISBN: 9781427298201
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From Lillian Li comes an exuberant and wise multigenerational debut audiobook about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant.



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.

Generous in spirit, unaffected in its intelligence, multi-voiced, poignant, and darkly funny, Number One Chinese Restaurant looks beyond red tablecloths and silkscreen murals to share an unforgettable story about youth and aging, parents and children, and all the ways that our families destroy us while also keeping us grounded and alive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Nancy Wu’s careful pacing allows listeners to absorb the multiple layers of this story…By varying her cadence and volume, Wu differentiates inner turmoil from public drama. Furthermore, her respectful Chinese-American accent—subtle for the younger characters and stronger for the older ones—adds depth to the listening experience.”

    AudioFile

  • “Li’s talent for human tragicomedy grows more evident by the page.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Narrator Nancy Wu's careful pacing allows listeners to absorb the multiple layers of this story...By varying her cadence and volume, Wu differentiates inner turmoil from public drama. Furthermore, her respectful Chinese-American accent--subtle for the younger characters and stronger for the older ones--adds depth to the listening experience. AudioFile
  • “A compelling family story about love, work, and what it means to serve.”

    USA Today

  • “A deliciously comic debut novel about secrets, scandal, and the patriotism at the heart of the hustle.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • Longlisted for the 2019 Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction
  • An Oprah Pick
  • A Time Magazine Pick of Must-Reads
  • A Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year

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About the Author

Lillian Li received her BA from Princeton and her MFA from the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of a Hopwood Award in Short Fiction, as well as Glimmer Train’s New Writer Award. Li’s work has been featured in Guernica, Granta, and Jezebel. She is from the DC metro area and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

About the Narrator

Nancy Wu has narrated audiobooks since 2004, winning three AudioFile Earphones Awards. A New York theater, television, and film actor, she has recorded in studios all over the world—from Italy to Switzerland to Thailand. Her credits include Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Hope & Faith, All My Children, Made for Each Other, and the Oscar-nominated film Frozen River.