Five Star Billionaire

Five Star Billionaire

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By (author) Tash Aw, Narrator Robertson Dean

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 191mm x 15mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1452666652
  • ISBN 13: 9781452666655
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,775,256

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Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job--but when she arrives she discovers that the job doesn't exist. Gary is a country boy turned pop star who is spinning out of control. Justin is in Shanghai to expand his family's real estate empire, only to find that he might not be up to the task. He has long harbored a crush on Yinghui, a poetry-loving, left-wing activist who has reinvented herself as a successful Shanghai businesswoman. Yinghui is about to make a deal with the shadowy Walter Chao, the five star billionaire of the novel, who with his secrets and his schemes has a hand in the lives of each of the characters. All bring their dreams and hopes to Shanghai, the shining symbol of the New China, which, like the novel's characters, is constantly in flux and which plays its own fateful role in the lives of its inhabitants. "Five Star Billionaire" is a dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel that offers rare insight into the booming world of Shanghai, a city of elusive identities and ever-changing skylines, of grand ambitions and outsize dreams. Bursting with energy, contradictions, and the promise of possibility, Tash Aw's remarkable new book is both poignant and comic, exotic and familiar, cutting-edge and classic, suspenseful and yet beautifully unhurried.

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Author information

Tash Aw is the author of "Map of the Invisible World" and "The Harmony Silk Factory," which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Novel and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His other honors include the inaugural M Literary Residency Prize and an O. Henry Award. Robertson Dean has recorded hundreds of audiobooks in most every genre. He's been nominated for several Audie Awards, won nine Earphones Awards, and was named one of "AudioFile" magazine's Best Voices of 2010.

Review quote

"A literary victory. . . . Aw moves fluidly between past and present, creating a multilayered narrative about chasing, catching, and sometimes losing elusive opportunities." ---Library Journal Starred Review