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The Natural Laws of Good Luck: A Memoir of an Unlikely Marriage    by Ellen Graf Amazon.com order for
Natural Laws of Good Luck
by Ellen Graf
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Trumpeter, 2011 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Ellen Graf, author of The Natural Laws of Good Luck, was alone and lonely. Her friend told her that she had a brother in China who was also lonely. Why not meet? Most people would have said, 'Thanks but no thanks.' And let it go at that.

Ellen decided to go to China and check out this friend's brother. Long story short, she married him! After a wait for immigration, she and Lu Zhong-hua lived together in the United States in what was almost harmony.

The cultures hers and his didn't always mesh. His driving a car, for one. Graf's account of this occasion brings forth unexpected laughs as she describes his thinking the yellow line on the road must be straddled. Language interpretations caused some funny scenes.

But on the whole, this is a story of loving and caring enough on both their parts to make the union work. Also proving that peoples from different backgrounds can overcome culture barriers and coexist.

The Natural Laws of Good Luck is a delightful book, giving a lot of insights into our own behavior, even without the language and cultural differences Ellen and Zhong-hua encountered.

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