The Reluctant Fortune-Teller
A delightfully charming debut novel about self-discovery and second chances.
Norbert Zelenka has always lived life on the sidelines. At seventy-three years old he finds himself broke and alone except for the company of a Chihuahua. But when Carlotta’s Club—three strong-willed seniors with a flair for drama and plenty of time on their hands—decide to make Norbert their latest project, he reluctantly agrees to their scheme. With their help, he establishes himself as the town’s fortune-teller, and he soon finds his life changing in unexpected ways.
It turns out that years of observing other people’s dramas make Norbert an excellent fortune-teller, and people from all walks of life begin seeking out his advice. 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 friendship, loneliness and coming-of-age late in life, The Reluctant Fortune-Teller is a feel-good read and a poignant reminder that we’re never too old to learn new tricks.
About Keziah Frost (Chicago, Illinois Author)
It has been my happiest dream to write novels ever since I was in fifth grade and my dear white-haired teacher, Mrs. Kean, told me I would. She told me not to worry that I couldn’t seem to get the math, because I had a flair for writing, and when I grew up, people would enjoy the books I would write.
In the decades following Mrs. Kean’s prediction, I went on to follow many diverse paths in my life, always feeling that I was “supposed to be” writing novels.At various times I have worked as a painter of pet portraits, a college English instructor, a bilingual domestic violence counselor, a bilingual elementary school teacher, and a psychotherapist.
It is my greatest pleasure to sit quietly, get in the zone, and let the characters that come to me live out their dramas and comedies on the page. I hope that you enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them.