Chinesisches in 
This Book Will Save Your Life 
von A. M. Homes

Privater Swimming Pool in Köthen, DDR, um 1980

Ein Buch mit Doughnuts auf dem Titel, das irgendjemand nach Hause gebracht hat. Geht es um China, dann geht es immer ums Essen.

“For Christsakes, eat something.”
“Vegetables,” Richard says. “Any steamed vegetables?”
“It’s a steak house, not a Chinese restaurant. I’ll see what they can do.” The waiter walks away.

Leno continues, “Also in the news, the Chinese president today said he was giving up fried lice for Lent—or was that Rent?”

He takes Ben to Chinatown for lunch. He takes him to a place that a woman took him on a date about five years ago—Hop Louie’s. The restaurant is deserted except for a large group of Chinese people gathered around an enormous table.
“Are you open?”
“Open and ready to serve.”
They order a bountiful spread—hot-and-sour soup, sweet-and-sour pork, steamed dumplings, fried rice—and immediately Richard feels guilty: they’ve ordered too much, Ben will overeat and have to go back to the husky department.

“When I die, can we have Chinese food?” one of the men asks.

“Why don’t I go down and pick something up?” Ben says. “I can take the stairs. What do you want—pizza, sushi, Chinese?” …
“And you?” Ben asks his father.
“Oh, steamed vegetable dumplings, and maybe, if they have it, soft-shelled crabs.”
“You’re still eating soft-shelled crabs from Chinese restaurants?” she asks.
“Yes, why?”
“That’s what you ate twenty years ago.” 

A. M. Homes, This Book Will Save Your Life, 2006, Granta Books