August 02, 2021

#BookReview: Fish Heads and Duck Skin by Lindsey Salatka

Synopsis: 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-jongg-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.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This book was great. I laughed and cried and the addition of a fortune teller was great and cute. And I just loved the feel of the story.  I loved this finding ones self story and can not wait for more from this author. This is a woman's story that everyone should read. 


“A darkly funny diatribe and celebration of self-discovery in a foreign land.”

“This book hits every note―highs, lows, and snorty laughter through tears. Tina’s search for self is one we all recognize in our own internal hunt, and Shanghai is the perfect setting for her to rise to the challenge while gnawing on a dumpling.”
―Marni Freedman, cofounder of the San Diego Writers Festival and author of 7 Essential Writing Tools and Permission to Roar

“From the outside, Tina Martin’s life looks perfect. But in reality, the young American wife, mother, and highly paid medical device salesperson feels dissatisfied and restless. Acting on advice from a fortune teller at a party, Tina persuades her husband to relocate the family to Shanghai, China. There, while living as an expat, Tina discovers not only a new culture but also her true self and life’s purpose. This poignant, humorous, beautifully written book is not only Tina’s story, it’s every woman’s story.”
―Donna Brown Agins, author of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Legendary First Lady and NAACP Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work for Maya Angelou: Diversity Makes for a Rich Tapestry

“Motherhood and family life can be a wild and crazy journey all on its own, but plop a workaholic American mom with her family in China? Now that is a must-read story, and that must-read story is Fish Heads and Duck Skin. Full of hilarity and heart, this book makes for a great escape. I highly recommend you add it to your cart now.”
―Lisa Belcher, award-winning writer and director of Guest of Honor and Javelina Run, voted Female Filmmaker of the Year at the Austin Revolution Film Festival

About the Author

Lindsey Salatka is a mother, author, ghostwriter, editor, and general over-committer who feels happy and lucky to do so. She blogs and loves to dance and sing karaoke (her friends and the majority of innocent bystanders are less excited about her passions). Lindsey’s writing has been featured on,, In The LoopShanghai Family MagazineUrbanatomy: Shanghai, and, where she was the managing editor for two years. A non-fiction piece she wrote was recently chosen to be in Volume 3 of the anthology Shaking the Tree. She is on the advisory board of the San Diego Writers Festival, where she wears a variety of hats and loves to revel in her element with her tribe. Fish Heads and Duck Skin is her debut novel. She is currently working on a non-fiction book and a sequel to her novel. Most nights find Lindsey curled up with her family or musing about life, love, and culture on her blog, Fishheadology. She currently resides in San Diego, California.

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