Fortune Cookie is a diary-style novella set in Montreal during the turbulent year of 1989. The book follows Robin through her growing disenchantment with the aimless life of a twenty-something who hasn’t yet found herself in a world that is changing as fast as she is. This subversively feminist work, aimed at young women, is told in first-person vignettes – written in the informal and often humourous voice of 24-year-old Robin. Robin’s vignettes are at times intercut with news headlines, highlighting the political and social events of the year – including Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Montreal Massacre.
“Emotionally profound and politically charged, Fortune Cookie is an uplifting treat.”—The Link
“A promising taste of good things from a new Canadian novelist”—Reading Outside the Lines
“This book is a refreshing take on a young woman’s journey… reminded me of the feeling I got when I decided to take action and become involved in my community around the issues that mattered to me.”–The Feminist Review
“Heather J Wood’s Fortune Cookie is my annual end-of-the-year read—as classic a tale for me on December 31st as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is on December 24th.”—Charlene Challenger, author of The Voices in Between
Montreal-born Heather J. Wood lives in Toronto with her husband Kurt and two cats. She is also the author of teen-oriented roller derby novel Roll With It.
Click here to read an excerpt from Fortune Cookie.