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by Leslie Bratspis

“Ancient Chinese wisdom
secretly passed through handwritten fortunes
guides the lives of two men from different cultures.”

Good Fortune is the tale of two men unknown to each other, connected by a shared source of enlightenment. Each overcomes adversity to achieve inner awareness through personal journeys. Michael Hamilton, successful San Francisco advertising executive, has his world shattered when he becomes a casualty of the 1994 California recession. He faces a bleak future — unemployed, despondent and alone. To pull himself together he must overcome emotional obstacles and accept a broader, unconventional vision of reality. A secret mentor will guide him.

Wu, the respected manager of the family-owned Good Fortune Chinese restaurant, enjoys financial security. He has been a loving husband and father, but is at odds with his aging father, Chow Lee Tong, the restaurant’s bookkeeper. Gradually, Wu neglects his wife and sons due to his assiduous attention to business.

Wu and Michael each face challenges that, like the mirrored images of the Yin-Yang symbol, are identical yet reversed. Good Fortune awaits them, but first they must discover happiness is less tied to outward goals than inner awareness. Tong’s gentle wisdom shows them the way.

362 pages, 6" x 9"
ISBN: 978-1-61170-028-2

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Editorial Reviews

"Her style is colorful, descriptive and brimming with well-researched, fascinating details that draw the reader in and make the book hard to put down."

"Her sensitive and realistic portrayal of the characters' thoughts and emotions makes Good Fortune a pleasure to read from start to finish."

"I was captivated from the first chapter and unable to concentrate on much else until I had finished reading the book."

"The setting of the 1994 California recession might as well be the current national state of affairs. There's something here for everyone."

From the Author

Synchronicity. You've probably heard the word but what does it mean?  In the 1920s Swiss psychotherapist and psychiatrist Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, coined the term to describe the phenomena when two unrelated events occur simultaneously experienced in a meaningful manner. More than coincidence, it can be manifested by strong intent. "GOOD FORTUNE's" recurring theme of synchronicity is more than words on paper, it's something I've experienced first-hand numerous times throughout my life.

I tied in the theme of synchronicity by paralleling the lives of the Caucasian and Asian characters throughout the book without them knowing about each other yet, what happens to one affects the other.

My hope is you will find "GOOD FORTUNE's" positive theme uplifting and when faced with obstacles you will be mindful, live in the moment and be receptive to change. May your life be filled with blessings and good fortune!

5 starsI'll never look at fortune cookies in the same way again~ MK
A wonderfully told story, weaving together in a beautiful way the blending and clash of Chinese and American cultures, personal and career choices, family and economic realities, traditional ways and changing values. All set against the magnificent central California coast with characters struggling and succeeding with many of the same issues we face in our own lives. The author completed extensive research into Chinese tradition and culture, and juxtaposes it excellently with the immigrant experience and transition into a new world. The idea and premise of the book sends an insightful and hopeful message about our past, its impact on our present and how we develop our own "Good Fortune".

5 starsA wonderful, character study ~ Marvin Stamm
I enjoyed very much "Good Fortune," written by Leslie Bratpis. Ms. Bratpis' writing style and the development of her characters kept me interested from beginning to end. This story is a very good read, and while traveling through the maze of emotions experienced by all of her characters, one will find him- or herself reflecting upon their own life experiences. Finally, it is a pleasure to read a book with a positive and uplifting outcome. Definitely recommended!

5 starsEmbrace Good Fortune ~ Lorraine Z
I was hooked by the prologue and the promise(and delivery)of insight into Chinese culture. The characters grabbed my interest and I was invested in their dilemmas and transformations. A wonderful story of learning to listen to your heart and having the strength and courage to follow it. The guidance of a very wise secret mentor motivated Michael to change his life's direction and learn we all have the ability within us to create our own good fortune.

I have recommended this book to my book group because of the excellent discussion possibilities.

5 starsA Fortunate Read is "Good Fortune" ~ Sylvia Krask
Good Fortune is a great read. I was captivated by the writing about 2 cultures that melded into one. I loved learning about the culture of the Chinese and was so impressed with the beautiful writing of the author. I was captivated by the first chapter and could not put the book down until i finished it. The story is very unique and yet very real. I would highly recommend this book. A very fast read!

5 starsRemember Forever ~ Me, Yusem
A first for me. Never felt so moved to render an opinion. This book- Good Fortune - is that good. A story and characters that have penetrated my emotions and sensibilities. Thank you, Leslie Bratspis for creating a most entertaining, educational and beautifully written novel that I will enjoy rereading many times over. I highly recommend!

5 stars A fascinating read ~ Pat Soussan
In her book "Good Fortune," Leslie Bratspis has created believable and captivating characters who take hold of your interest from the first chapter and hold you until the last page. I found it fascinating how she interwove into the story, with great skill and knowledge, the way dreams, symbols and proverbs influenced the lives of the main characters. It is a compelling novel.

5 starsGoes on my all time "Top 10" list of favorites! ~ Rainbow
I found "Good Fortune" to be a beautifully written entertaining and emotional story of the lives of a Chinese immigrant family who came to the United States to start a new life and a successful business, while still honoring the traditions of the country they left behind. "Good Fortune" is a contemporary tale that pays great respect to the past with fascinating insight into the Chinese culture, while dealing with the present. It follows the lives of a Chinese family in San Francisco as they deal with all of the changes in their lives over the years, and of an American born business man who is going through a personal crisis, and how he finds that "Good Fortune" awaits him as he becomes the recipient of Chinese wisdom. This is a novel filled with beautifully defined characters who will touch your heart and remain there. By the end of the book, I was left wanting to know more about their lives - perhaps one day, we will have the "Good Fortune" to follow their continuing story.

5 starsGood Fortune = A Good Read ~ Jeanine
Good Fortune is a lovely story that grabs you from the start as it is easy to read, well-written and easy to identify with the various characters, their individual struggles and their hopes for a brighter future. While Michael is searching for a renewed life purpose after losing his job, Anna longing for her husband to be present in family life at home, and Jennie hoping Michael will commit after finally finding love, each obstacle is a gentle reminder that everyone faces challenges in life. I especially enjoyed how the author encompassed the wisdom and insight of Tong, the older Chinese-born grandfather, as he seeks to share and preserve his grandfather's knowledge, skills and culture with his younger, American-born family members and a complete stranger. Good Fortune is a great book to read anywhere!

5 starsThis is one of my favorite books I've read this year!!! ~ Paula M. Lawrence
Leslie, You did a fabulous job writing this very entertaining story! I especially like the deep heartfelt wisdom, and the location of the story it fit like a puzzle! Keep up the good work, I will be looking forward to your next book!

5 starsExquisite, Emotional Read ~ Jo Dennis
Leslie Bratspis has created a captivating story of men and their loved ones who come from different cultures but are brought together through the mystique of Chinese fortune-telling. The book is brimming with well-researched, fascinating cultural lessons and details that draw the reader in and make it hard to put down. The author's sensitive and realistic portrayal of the characters' thoughts and emotions makes Good Fortune a pleasure to read, from start to finish.

5 starsGrabs you from the start! ~ Enid Richey, Ph.D.
I was hooked from the start! Stage is set from the very beginning for an intriguing personal journey through the characters that Leslie created. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to explore their own life potential and find deeper meaning. Humor, music, art, and a cup of coffee is all you need to become part of this book.

5 stars Excellent Read ~ Lorrain Eep
Good Fortune by Leslie Bratspis is an excellent read. I was captivated from the first chapter and unable to concentrate on much else until I had finished reading the book. The descriptive language put me directly in the middle of the story and I was easily able to envision all the characters and locations. I also found that I learned some interesting facts from the well researched history of the dynamics of a Chinese family. This is a book that I would highly recommend and shall do so to many personal friends that I know enjoy a well written story. Buy this book; you won't be able to put it down!

5 starsSummer Read ~ Lil Mistep
"Good Fortune" by Leslie Bratspis is definitely among my book recommendations for this summer's reading. The author truly engages the reader in self reflection...especially concerning the cycle of life. Her heart-warming characters remind us of our human vulnerabilities and foibles, but also of the strength of the human spirit. I enjoyed learning about these Chinese immigrants' love of family, honor, and deep tradition. The non-Chinese characters were a pleasant contrast and are an intrinsic part of this enchanting story.

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The Author:

Leslie Bratspis

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Leslie Bratspis is the daughter of novelist and screenwriter Irving Shulman. She grew up in southern California and graduated from Los Angeles Valley College with an Associate of Arts in English, and both a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Standard Elementary Teaching Credential from California State University Northridge.

Leslie also studied art with an emphasis on portraits and figures. In her spare time she sketches and paints. Her combined interests in cultural anthropology, metaphysics and meditation prompted her to research and write her debut novel, "GOOD FORTUNE."

Her husband, Ned, is a Marriage and Family Therapist, award-winning poet, and teacher of Mindfulness Meditation. In 2005 Leslie, Ned, and their Golden Retrievers relocated from southern California to the Key Peninsula area of Gig Harbor, Washington. Leslie is a member of Two Waters Arts Alliance, Lakebay Writers, Friends of the Library, Gig Harbor Book Club, and a volunteer for Evergreen Golden Retriever Rescue. She lives and writes in Gig Harbor, WA with her husband and Golden Retrievers.

Leslie would love your comments about her book.
Send emails to:  lesliebratspis@yahoo.com

Visit Leslie's Blog: http://goodfortune-wisdom.blogspot.com


South Sound Magazine, October/November 2012 issue.
South Sound Oct/Nov
Leslie Bratspis launches her book.

The New Neighbors Book Bunch of Gig Harbor, WA held a meeting on February 28, 2014 with Author Leslie Bratspis as their honored guest. She answered questions and autographed books. A lively discussion made it an interesting and enjoyable meeting for all.

The New Neighbors Book Bunch

A third book club has selected "Good Fortune" as their monthly read.

News Article Sept 2011


News Article 9-22-11

Key Peninsula News

by Colleen Slater, FP News

"Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could have someone write fortunes that would solve your problems and guide you through life?"

Click here for a PDF of the full article.

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