Dial A for Aunties

by Sutanto, Jesse Q.,

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Summary
"Sutanto brilliantly infuses comedy and culture into the unpredictable rom-com/murder mystery mashup as Meddy navigates familial duty, possible arrest and a groomzilla. I laughed out loud and you will too."-- USA Today (four-star review)

"A hilarious, heartfelt romp of a novel about--what else?--accidental murder and the bond of family. This book had me laughing aloud within its first five pages... Utterly clever, deeply funny, and altogether charming, this book is sure to be one of the best of the year!"--Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

One of NPR's Best Books of 2021!

One of PopSugar's "42 Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2021"!


What happens when you mix 1 (accidental) murder with 2 thousand wedding guests, and then toss in a possible curse on 3 generations of an immigrant Chinese-Indonesian family?

You get 4 meddling Asian aunties coming to the rescue!


When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working at an island resort on the California coastline. It's the biggest job yet for the family wedding business --"Don't leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!"-- and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie's perfect buttercream flowers.

But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy's great college love--and biggest heartbreak--makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Murder is never funny, except when it is. In Sutanto's rollicking debut, which she describes in a "Dear reader" foreword as "a love letter to my family--a ridiculously large bunch with a long history of immigration," a fatal accident begets family reconciliation, true love at second sight, and happy beginnings all around. Meddy (short for Meddelin--her "parents were aiming for Madeleine") is convinced her sprawling Indonesian, Chinese, Singaporean, and American family is cursed: all the men die or leave. She's the only Chan of her generation who has stayed in California with her mother and three aunts, even working in the family wedding business as the resident photographer. Although Meddy is not even close to 30, Ma is convinced that she's practically an old maid, never mind that Meddy chose family over romance years before. Ma is desperate enough to impersonate Meddy on a dating app, sending her off with a potential rapist. So he dies. Sort of. Dial A for Aunties, indeed, as they navigate a high-profile wedding with a corpse in tow. Sound preposterous? Perhaps, but you'll be glad you went along for the yacht ride.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Sutanto's #OwnVoices comedy has generated big buzz, and there's even a Netflix series in the works."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Sutanto's bonkers debut, a series of disasters befalls a family wedding catering business. Meddy Chan, 26, works as the photographer for her overbearing, superstitious Chinese Indonesian aunties and mother. Convinced there's a curse that causes men to leave the women of the family and crushed by an obligation to remain near her mother in San Gabriel, Calif., Meddy breaks up with her soul mate, Nathan. She's still not over him when her mom arranges a date for her with a man named Jake, who attempts to rape her, prompting Meddy to tase him. Jake doesn't wake up, and Meddy turns to her aunts for help. They store Jake in a cooler, which is then inadvertently shipped to the Chans' next wedding gig, at a hotel that happens to be owned by Nathan. Plenty of hijinks ensue, but the Chans are oddly glib as they try to keep Jake hidden, and Meddy's pining over Nathan feels trite. The best parts are Sutanto's portrayal of the bantering, interfering aunties ("‚ÄČ'How could you set Meddy up with such a douchebag?' Fourth Aunt snaps at Ma"), who excel at wreaking havoc. There's plenty of light entertainment here, but don't expect anything with bite. Agent: Katelyn Detweiler, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Aunts -- Fiction.
Asian American families -- California -- Fiction.
Weddings -- Fiction.
Dead -- Fiction.
Family-owned business enterprises -- California -- Fiction.
Resorts -- California -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
California -- Fiction.
Romance fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Publisher New York :Berkley,2021
Language English
Description 309 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780593336731
0593336739
9780593333037
0593333039
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