The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

By: Wai Chim
Image result for 9781760631581Location: FIC CHI
Genre: Young Adult Mental Health

The best dumplings in New Zealand...Mr Zhou's Dumplings New Lynn 周记饺子馆, New Lynn, Auckland ...I kid you not, they are delicious, even Lonely Planet agrees. There pork and fennel dumplings- oh my!!!!!

It is no wonder a book has been written with this title, dumplings are the very descriptor of a comfort food, warm, soft, gentle and tasty. I actually think that I will right now go and but some for lunch! Maybe after I finish this and get back to the book.

Anna Chiu has her hands pretty full looking after her brother and sister and helping out at her dad’s restaurant, all while her mum stays in bed. Dad’s new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren’t right at home, she’s starting to feel like she could just be a normal teen.

But when Mum finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as Mum’s condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other.

A nourishing tale about the crevices of culture, mental wellness and family, and the surprising power of a good dumpling.

"Spoiler alert - you’ll be obsessing over finding the perfect dumplings while reading Wai Chim’s new treasure of a story because it’s absolutely true. There is nothing more powerful than a good dumpling. It’s my go to pick me up every time. This novel packs a lot into its pages - the mental breakdown of a parent, the tightrope dance between family expectations and desires of teens straddling cultures, first love, and then there is a lot of dumplings. Sensitively written and relatable." LIBBY


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