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This book reminds me of Jackie Collins back in the day, only in Singapore. Kwan describes the paradox of a culture where people with more money than they know what to do with save the tiniest amount of leftovers but then drop millions on a diamond necklace. Once you get passed their designer clothes, the characters are just as naked as the rest of us.
People calls this book a “Pride & Prejudice-like send-up”, and that’s what this is: Kevin Kwan has channeled Jane Austen to write a witty, satirical rom-com told from an American-Born Chinese traversing the rarified (and often ridiculous) air of the upper echelons of Kwan’s native Singapore. Pick this up for the love story, pick it up for the drama, the incredible side characters, or just the crazy richness – this book is guaranteed to transport and entertain.
“A dizzily shopaholic comedy. . . . Wickedly delectable.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Must-read.” —The Hollywood Reporter
“Opulence and zaniness reign.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“It’s impossible not to get sucked into this satirical novel.” —Glamour
“A 48-karat read. . . . crazy fun.” —Entertainment Weekly “Like Dynasty on steroids with more private jets, bigger houses, and a lot more money.” —Vanity Fair
When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home. But as it turns out, Nick’s childhood home looks like a palace, and he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.
On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back, and her relaxed vacation soon turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
About the Author
Kevin Kwan is the author of the international bestsellers Crazy Rich Asians, a major motion picture, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. Born in Singapore, he has called New York's West Village home since 1995. For the latest news and information, please visit www.kevinkwanbooks.com.
“A dizzily shopaholic comedy. . . . Wickedly delectable. . . . Offers refreshing nouveau voyeurism to readers who long ago burned out on American and English aspirational fantasies. . . . Hilarious.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“It’s impossible not to get sucked into this satirical novel about the jet-setting lives of an enormous busybody family and its infinite Louboutin collection.” —Glamour
“There’s rich, there’s filthy rich, and then there’s crazy rich. . . . A Pride and Prejudice-like send-up.” —People
“If this isn’t the funniest book so far this year, it’s up there. . . . Kwan, who grew up in Singapore, skewers his subjects deftly, stylishly, and completely—but with heart.” —The Denver Post
“Deliciously decadent. . . . This 48-karat beach read is crazy fun. . . . [Read] Crazy Rich Asians, on an exotic beach in super-expensive sunglasses.” —Entertainment Weekly “Rachel’s squeaky-clean naiveté is a clever foil to the intricate workings of the high-glamour Asian set around her. Chinese on the outside but all-American on the inside, she allows us to see the myriad nuances of intra-Asian culture that the novel goes to great lengths to show.” —NPR
“Rollicking. . . . A lively, generous story of shallow extravagance and human devotion.” —The Boston Globe
“Delightfully soapy. . . . [Crazy Rich Asians] eats its chiffon cake and has it too, simultaneously tut-tutting many of its characters for their vapid materialism while reveling in the milieu’s sybaritic excess.” —The Wall Street Journal “[An] instant favorite. . . . Opulence and zaniness reign.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Like Dynasty on steroids with more private jets, bigger houses, and a lot more money.” —Vanity Fair