Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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10 Critic Reviews

Jane Austen, or maybe Edith Wharton, goes to Singapore, turning in this lively, entertaining novel of manners.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.
 

About Kevin Kwan

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Born and raised in Singapore, Kevin Kwan has worked for Martha Stewart Living and Interview Magazine and in 1998 joined M&Co, where he developed commercial and cultural projects for such clients as The Museum of Modern Art, Vitra, and The New York Times. Kwan is the co-author of the nonfiction special markets hit Luck: The Essential Guide (Collins, 2008), which has been translated into nine languages. For over a decade, he has been sought after as a creative consultant to publishers and authors as a specialist in celebrity and visually-driven projects. Crazy Rich Asians is his first novel.





Author Residence: New York, NY





Author Hometown: Singapore
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Anchor. 546 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jun 30 2013

Mr. Kwan knows how to deliver guilty pleasures. He keeps the repartee nicely outrageous, the excess wretched and the details wickedly delectable.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Michael Levin on Oct 21 2014

Crazy Rich Asians is scathingly funny, outrageous at all times, and utterly credible. Kwan could not have done the research for this book on Wikipedia. He had to live it...If the novel has a fault, you could describe it as an embarrassment of riches: the story’s about 100 pages too long.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Tash Aw on Jun 20 2013

This world of absurdly over-the-top wealth is the playground of the characters in Kevin Kwan's breathless, high-speed romp through the lives of a group of megarich Asians.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 18 2013

Jane Austen, or maybe Edith Wharton, goes to Singapore, turning in this lively, entertaining novel of manners.

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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by Laura Eggertson on Jun 21 2013

...the book could have benefited from a more ruthless editor and fewer descriptions of all the excess.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Shinan Govani on Jun 21 2013

Both vivisection and valentine, it is the summer’s most sophisticated romp. Other novels might be more “lyrical,” more “unflinching,” more whatever...but for full-stop fun, stop right here.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
on Jun 05 2013

At times Kwan can't decide whether to criticize the luxe life or just let us drool over it, but this 48-karat beach read is crazy fun.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Good
Reviewed by Christine Mazur on Jun 15 2013

Kwan easily transports captive readers from Sex and the City New York and to sensual Singapore, lush with flowers, savoury with food, luxurious with designer labels and glittering jewels.

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Madison Public Library/Dream Big Read

Above average
on May 15 2013

This book is a trip, literally and figuratively. Crazy Rich Asians takes you into the world of the crazily rich families who make up the Singapore elite. These people are wealthy beyond my imagining and I loved delving into this wild world.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Shinan Govani on Jun 21 2013

Though A Suitable Boy is a more classically literary concoction, and this one is definitely more pop and like that most cliched Chinese meal — you might be hungry again right after reading it — Crazy Rich Asians does succeed, indeed, as a snapshot of a culture and a time.

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