The Reluctant Fortune-Teller

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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Praise for The Reluctant Fortune Teller:

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

“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

“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

“One word for this book: 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 BowenNew York Times bestselling author

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Keziah Frost

Keziah Frost holds master’s degrees in English and counseling. She developed The Reluctant Fortune-Teller while enrolled in the Faber Academy online course. She shares her life with five little dogs, one audacious cat and her encouraging human family. The Reluctant Fortune-Teller is her first novel.

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