The Family Recipe

The Family Recipe

Hardback (01 Apr 2025)

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Publisher's Synopsis

From the author of the "sharp, smart, and gloriously extra" (Nancy Jooyoun Kim, New York Times bestselling author) Good Morning America Book Club Pick The Fortunes of Jaded Women, a stunning family dramedy about estranged siblings competing to inherit their father's Vietnamese sandwich franchise and unravel family mysteries.

Duc Tran, the eccentric founder of the Vietnamese sandwich chain Duc's Sandwiches, has decided to retire. No one has heard from his wife, Evelyn, in two decades. She abandoned the family without a trace, and clearly doesn't want anything to do with Duc, the business, or their kids. But the money has to go to someone. With the help of the shady family lawyer, Duc informs his five estranged adult children that to receive their inheritance, his four daughters must revitalize run-down shops in old-school Little Saigon locations across America: Houston, San Jose, New Orleans, and Philadelphia--within a year. But if the first-born (and only) son, Jude, gets married first, everything will go to him.

Each daughter is stuck in a new city, battling gentrification, declining ethnic enclaves, and messy love lives, while struggling to modernize their father's American dream. Jude wonders if he wants to marry for love or for money--or neither. As Duc's children scramble to win their inheritance, they begin to learn the real intention behind the inheritance scheme--and the secret their mother kept tucked away in the fireplace, all along.

The Family Recipe is about rediscovering one's roots, different types of fatherly love, legacy, and finding a place in a divided country where the only commonality among your neighbors is the universal love of sandwiches.

Book information

ISBN: 9781668033043
Publisher: Atria Books
Imprint: Atria Books
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 445g
Height: 229mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 17mm