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On the advice of a five-dollar psychic, Tina Martin, a zany, overworked mother of two, quits her high-powered job and moves her family to Shanghai. Tina yearns for this new setting to bring her the zen-like inner peace she’s always heard about on infomercials. Instead, she becomes a totally exasperated fish out of water, doing wacky things like stealing the shoes of a shifty delivery man, spraying local women with a bidet hose, and contemplating the murder of her new pet cricket. 

It takes the friendship of an elderly tai chi instructor, a hot Mandarin tutor, and several mah-jong-tile-slinging expats to bring Tina closer to a culture she doesn’t understand, the dream job she never knew existed, and the self she has always sought. Fish Heads and Duck Skin will resonate with anyone who has ever wondered who they are, why they were put here, and how they ever lived before eating pan-fried pork buns.

Advance praise for Fish Heads and Duck Skin.

From page 1, Lindsey has us laughing, crying, gagging, and requiring large doses of Tums. Think Nora Ephron. Think Erma Bombeck. Think Bizarre Foods with a female Andrew Zimmern. I sure do

Lindsey Salatka

“This is the story of a person a lot like Lindsey, very immature with zero self-awareness, and how she transforms into a person ever-so-slightly less immature with a level of self-awareness that is beginning to register as a faint blip on the most advanced radar equipment available.”

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“She had me at Ni Hao.” –Lindsey’s husband, Ed

“Fish Heads and Duck Skin is 300 pages of visceral roller coaster. Ride it, I double dragon dare you.” –Anonymous friend she made say that

“Wait a minute, are you trying to tell me that Lindsey wrote a book?” –Lindsey’s father-in-law



Lindsey Salatka is a mother, author, ghost-writer, and editor. Her writing has been featured on,, In The Loop, Shanghai Family Magazine, Urbanatomy: Shanghai, and, where she also served as managing editor for two years. A non-fiction essay she wrote was recently chosen to be in the Shaking the Tree Anthology, volume 3. She is on the Advisory Board of the San Diego Writers Festival and served as a judge for the KidsWrite Children’s Writing Contest in 2020. Her debut novel, Fish Heads and Duck Skin, will be available in the summer of 2021. She is currently in-process on several projects including a sequel to her novel and a non-fiction collection. Most nights (both pre- and during Covid) find Lindsey curled up with her family or musing about life, love, and culture on her blog, fishheadology or on Instagram, @mywhatlovelygillsyouhave.


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