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China Rich Girlfriend
By (author): Kevin Kwan
9781400027088 Paperback, Mass market English General Trade FICTION / Asian American Jun 23, 2020
$12.99 CAD
Active 4.07 x 7.4 x 1.11 in | 0.62 lb 544 pages Doubleday Canada Seal Books
From the bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians comes a deliciously fun story of family, fortune, and fame in Mainland China.

It’s the eve of Rachel Chu’s wedding, and she should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond, a wedding dress she loves, and a fiancé willing to thwart his meddling relatives and give up one of the biggest fortunes in Asia in order to marry her. Still, Rachel mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be there to walk her down the aisle.

Then a chance accident reveals his identity. Suddenly, Rachel is drawn into a dizzying world of Shanghai splendor, a world where people attend church in a penthouse, where exotic cars race down the boulevard, and where people aren’t just crazy rich…they’re China rich.

MAJOR BESTSELLERS: Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems are all national bestsellers, appearing on numerous lists both domestically and in export markets.

PAPERBACK POWERHOUSE: Kevin Kwan’s books have performed extremely well in paperback. Crazy Rich Asians was a runaway hit in paperback and is currently in its 15th printing, while China Rich Girlfriend is in its 10th and Rich People Problems is in its 8th.

MAJOR MOTION PICTURE: Crazy Rich Asians was a blockbuster major motion picture that brought thousands of new fans to the trilogy. China Rich Girlfriend is expected to hit screens in 2021 and will be followed by Rich People Problems.

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.

Author Residence: New York City

Author Hometown: Singapore

Author Website: kevinkwanbooks.com

Author Social Media: Twitter: @kevinkwanbooks; Facebook: KevinKwanBooks; Instagram: @kevinkwanbooks

“Mr. Kwan has good aim with his fashion world―and ego-skewering shivs.” ―The New York Times 

“Delicious…nuanced (and savage) in its social deconstruction—and even more fun [than Crazy Rich Asians].” ―Maclean’s

“Take a Jane Austen novel, combine it with Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and set it in the glittering capitals of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. What have you got? This deliciously fun follow-up to Kwan’s bestselling Crazy Rich Asians… a field guide to Asia’s uberwealthy echelon and comic satire at its best.”
—People Magazine

“Welcome to the world of China Rich Girlfriend, which picks up a few years after the events of Kevin Kwan’s frothy 2013 best-seller, Crazy Rich Asians. In accordance with the Law of Sequels, it’s more over-the-top than its predecessor—which is saying something…[China Rich Girlfriend is] entertaining…buoyant.” ―Entertainment Weekly 

“The summer’s funniest beach read.” —Vanity Fair

“I loved China Rich Girlfriend… Like Gossip Girl and Dynasty and the royal family of England all at the same time. Kwan’s characters behave hideously—and it’s hilarious.” 
—Elaine Lui, Flare

“The summer’s funniest beach read. When Crazy Rich Asians hit shelves in peak beach-read season two summers ago, readers ate up its urestrained and uproarious fictional depictions of the opulent lives of Asia’s super elite… China Rich Girlfriend follow[s] the same multitentacled clan and their world-traveling, high-spending, and backstabbing antics.” 
–Lauren Christensen, Vanity Fair

“China Rich Girlfriend,  Kevin Kwan’s frothy sequel to his debut novel, Crazy Rich Asians, revisits the world of Hong Kong’s and Singapore’s super-super-elite…. these sharply observed books have an insider’s authority. Girlfriend is also so diverting that it (almost) made me forget that my seatmate on a recent flight from New York to Dubai was muttering to himself nonstop.” ―Condé Nast Traveler

“An entertaining look at an unbelievable world of consumption…. China Rich Girlfriend has…  fun with swagger and style…Genre fiction is probably richer for it.” ―Metro

“In this year’s best beach reading, Jane Austen meets Singapore…There’s no timely cocktail I’d rather recommend than China Rich Girlfriend…As frothy as the egg whites on the sort of cocktail you should drink while reading Kwan’s books. But if you need to assuage your guilt about summer reading with a little intellectual patina, Kwan has you covered too; His peek into this rarified world is spiked with tart observations about old and new money, the nuances of racism and the way they all interact…Fizzy, highly entertaining.” ―The Washington Post 

“In this year’s best beach reading, Jane Austen meets Singapore… There’s no timely cocktail I’d rather recommend than China Rich Girlfriend… As frothy as the egg whites on the sort of cocktail you should drink while reading Kwan’s books. But if you need to assuage your guilt about summer reading with a little intellectual patina, Kwan has you covered too; His peek into this rarified world is spiked with tart observations about old and new money, the nuances of racism and the way they all interact… A cheeky reminder that those who think they can’t make a romance or a comedy of manners work in an entirely non-white setting are not just lying or kidding themselves, but wasting the almost gluttonous opportunities available to storytellers who stretch beyond convention… Fizzy, highly entertaining.”
–Alyssa Rosenberg, The Washington Post 

“As the real China rich dig their nails into the world of the wealthy and wasteful, Kwan sharpens his with another acerbic yet affectionate examination of Asian uber-elite social mores, still largely invisible in Western popular culture… The novel is filled with jaw-dropping accounts of opulence… and showdowns worthy of an episode of ”Gossip Girl.“… China Rich Girlfriend is a crazy parade through the lives of the aspirational elite. It’s also a rich portrait of Asia’s real obsession with consumerism and its economic rise, one whose trajectory, like Kwan’s, is not yet complete.”
–Nicole Lee, Los Angeles Times 

“Those Crazy Rich Asians are back as a mix of old and new characters in Kwan’s new novel, China Rich Girlfriend…The book brings the foibles of the wealthy into a new setting: China. It reflects the ascendance of a new elite — the product of the booming economy of mainland China. This fresh crop of billionaires form a new strata of Asia’s one percent, what Kwan likes to call the ”China Rich.“… Kwan’s characters are powerful and attractive, living in the lap of luxury.”
All Things Considered, NPR weekend
 
”Lifestyles of the rich and famous, China-style. A follow to Kwan’s lively debut, Crazy Rich Asians, this new book delivers more over-the-top consumption in Asia’s most exclusive locale.”
The Houston Chronicle
 
“Kevin Kwan has a new book coming out soon. It’s called China Rich Girlfriend, and if you don’t know why this is shriek-worthy news, allow me to introduce you to Kwan’s first novel, Crazy Rich Asians, [a] gloriously, irreverently fun and dishy novel.” –Roxane Gay, NPR

“Kwan returns with an equally good-natured, catty-as-hell sequel to his bestselling roman à clef about China’s new and old money dynasties. For those not cued in, Kwan’s tone is breakneck and utterly disarming—part Oscar Wilde, part Judith Krantz, part Arthur Frommer…Hilarious…Over-the-top and hard to stop.” –Kirkus

“Kwan’s latest follows in the footsteps of his wildly imaginative Crazy Rich Asians but adds even more conspicuous consumption and over-the-top behavior… Resplendent with gorgeous description …. The dialog is always top-notch. There are many fascinating substories…A sprinkling of footnotes adds local expressions, insightful asides, and Kwan’s own snarky personal comments. Among the many laugh-out-loud incidents are examples of the extreme cheapness of some of these ­ultrawealthy people and tidbits about their staff… The conclusion offers up additional shocks and surprises that will have readers clamoring for more. Those who enjoy splendid writing and getting a glimpse at how the other half (probably much less than 50 percent) lives will delight in this book.” 
Library Journal (Starred Review) 

“The novel offers a second helping of the social-climbing, jet-setting, wildly scandalous world that propelled Kwan’s first book to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. With one exception—somehow it manages to outstrip the earlier work’s excesses.”
Women’s Wear Daily

“Singapore-based sensation Kevin Kwan follows up his smash success, Crazy Rich Asians, which is currently being made into a film, with another sure-to-be hit. As with his first novel, Kwan takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the lives—and nuptial preparations—of absurdly wealthy society folks in mainland China.” 
Readers Digest Canada

“The much-anticipated sequel to Crazy Rich Asians (a great summer read in its own right), China Rich Girlfriend continues the tale of Rachel Chu and her upcoming nuptials to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia…With the same hilarity and scandalous narrative as the first novel, China Rich Girlfriend will not disappoint both fans and newcomers to the series.” 
Town & Country 

“Last year Kevin Kwan introduced summer fun readers to a cast of characters entirely foreign but somehow familiar…In China Rich Girlfriend, he continues that story but throws into the mix the recently acquired fortunes of China that take to easy street like it’s a superhighway… They offer a taste of Asian opulence served with skewering humor. Delectable wretched excess.”
–New York Daily News 

“What happens when the young woman destined to marry Asia’s most eligible bachelor gets derailed by a shocking family secret? That’s what Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians) examines in this amusing, whirlwind novel about Rachel Chu, who discovers her long-lost father and falls headlong into a Shanghai — the fashion! the social climbing! the secrets! — wilder than her wildest dreams.”
The Miami Herald

“Very enjoyable…Just as funny as Crazy Rich Asians, this globe-spanning tale of excess includes enough snootiness and class snobbery to fill a multitude of designer handbags. It’s a modern-day comedy of manners that highlights what it means to be ‘China rich’ as well as the things that money can never buy.” 
Minneapolis Star Tribune
 

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