The Natural Laws of Good Luck

The Natural Laws of Good Luck

A Memoir of An Unlikely Marriage

Book - 2009
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Ellen is forty-six, divorced, and having no luck with personal ads when her Chinese girlfriend comes up with a plan: she has a brother in China, Zhong-hua, who’s lonely too. Maybe they’d like each other? Taking a leap of faith that most of us wouldn’t dare, Ellen travels to China to meet him. Though they speak only a few words of each other’s language, there’s an unspoken connection between them and they decide to marry.

What follows is a remarkably touching and humorous story of two people from completely different worlds trying to make a marriage work. Settling in at Ellen’s ramshackle farmhouse in upstate New York, they quickly discover the cultural chasm that lies between them. Ellen and her teenage daughter decide to adopt a policy of nonjudgment as Zhong-hua lobbies to sell their refrigerator (“Just three people, no need”), serves them giant sea slugs for dinner, and brusquely nudges Ellen aside without an “excuse me” (“Family no need these kind of words”). 

Zhong-hua is not the type to offer his wife impromptu smiles or hugs, but in bed at night he holds her tightly like she’s “something long lost and precious that might not live until morning.” The Natural Laws of Good Luck is an unusual and exquisitely written love story—one that will resonate with anyone who has ever contemplated with wonder the spaces that exist between us and those we care about.

Baker & Taylor
In a story of acceptance and love beyond words, an upstate New Yorker meets and marries a man from China who she barely knows and with whom she doesn't share a language or culture, but she learns that his eternal optimism manages to get them through financial problems, cultural differences, and other challenges.

Publisher: Boston : Trumpeter, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781590306918
Characteristics: 265 p. ; 23 cm


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Nov 10, 2011

A beautiful book about unconditional love - exquisitely written.

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