Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

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By (author) Kevin Kwan, Read by Lynn Chen

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  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Format: CD-Audio | 11 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 150mm x 28mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 11 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0804127646
  • ISBN 13: 9780804127646
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,330,879

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"Crazy Rich Asians" is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should--and should not--marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, "Crazy Rich Asians" is an insider's look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, "crazily" rich.

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Kevin Kwan was born and raised in Singapore. He currently lives in Manhattan. "Crazy Rich Asians" is his first novel.

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"When Kevin Kwan's "Crazy Rich Asians" has a mother in Singapore telling her girls to finish everything on their plates because 'there are children starving in America, ' it's O.K. to get the joke. There's no need to dwell on what it really means. "Crazy Rich Asians" is this summer's 'Bergdorf Blondes, ' over-the-top funny and a novelty to boot. Mr. Kwan delivers nonstop hoots about a whole new breed of rich, vulgar, brand-name-dropping conspicuous consumers, with its own delicacies, curses, vices, stereotypes ('I hope she's not one of those Taiwanese tornadoes!') and acronyms. According to Mr. Kwan, this crowd uses U.B.C., as the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is known, to mean 'University of a Billion Chinese.' How rich and vulgar are the Anglophile Asians of this debut novel? Rich enough to throw a diamond of more than 30 carats into a snowdrift and not look for it. So vulgar that a Cirque du Soleil troupe has to show up to convey that things have gotten crass. So steeped in wretched excess that one man boasts about the precise temperature his climate-controlled shoe closet should be." --Janet Maslin, "The New York Times " "Deliciously decadent . . . Rachel, an American-born Chinese (ABC), has no idea what to expect when she visits Singapore to meet her boyfriend Nick's multibillionaire family. There, she discovers mind-blowing opulence--"next" season's couture, palatial properties, million-dollar shopping sprees--and the over-the-top bad behavior that comes with it . . . This 48-karat beach read is crazy fun." --Stephan Lee, "Entertainment Weekly " "There's rich, there's filthy rich, and then there's crazy rich . . . A "Pride and Prejudice"-like send-up about an heir bringing his Chinese-American girlfriend home to meet his ancestor-obsessed family, the book hilariously skewers imperial splendor and the conniving antics of the Asians jet set." "--People " "Mr. Kwan's delightfully soapy debut, [is] set in the glamoro