The Reluctant Fortune-Teller

The Reluctant Fortune-Teller

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A retired accountant becomes the town's fortune-teller in this witty and charming debut

Norbert Zelenka has always lived life on the sidelines. It's why at seventy-three years old he's broke and alone except for the company of a Chihuahua. But when "Carlotta's Club"--three strong-willed seniors with plenty of time on their hands--decide to make Norbert their latest project, he reluctantly agrees to their scheme: establishing himself as the town's fortune-teller. Soon his life begins changing in unexpected ways.

It turns out that years of observing other people make Norbert an excellent card reader. As Norbert's lonesome world expands with new friendships and a newfound self-confidence, he finally finds himself in a place where he belongs. But disaster looms on the horizon. When a troubled young woman goes missing after a bad reading, Norbert must find a strength beyond the cards to bring her home safely.

A heartfelt story of coming-of-age late in life, The Reluctant Fortune-Teller is a poignant reminder that we're never too old to learn new tricks.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 135 x 201 x 20mm | 227g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 077831281X
  • 9780778312819
  • 2,405,692

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Charming, warm, and wittily told. -Kirkus Reviews

Frost's cast of senior citizens shine in her comical debut... The Reluctant Fortune-Teller will charm any reader looking for a sweet, witty, zany read in the foreseeable future. -Booklist

A warm, charming story you read with a smile. -Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, #1 bestselling author of The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

It's easy to foresee a great future for this delightful debut. Insightful, charming and intriguing, Norbert Z show us that it's never too late to change the cards that life deals us. -Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

Through learning to listen to others, Norbert discovers his own intuition-and in doing so, launches himself out of his ordinariness. An extraordinary book by an extraordinary new author. -Benjamin Ludwig, author of Ginny Moon

Delightful. Norbert Z is warm and real and we rejoice in his growth throughout the story. This is a real comfort read in an uncertain world. -Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author
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556 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 20% (113)
4 44% (244)
3 30% (167)
2 5% (27)
1 1% (5)
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