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Rich People Problems: A Novel

byKevin Kwan

Paperback | May 1, 2018

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Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, is back with an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royale fought through couture gown sabotage and the heir to one of Asia's greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside--but he's not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch, but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls. With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park--a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore--the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises. As relatives claw over heirlooms, Astrid Leong finds herself at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by his ex-wife--a woman hell-bent on destroying Astrid's reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to billionaire Jack Bing and determined to raise their son more lavishly than a future king, finds a formidable opponent in his fashionista daughter, Colette.
     A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly-appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold leaf dancefloor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan's gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia's most privileged families.
Kevin Kwan is the bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend. Born and raised in Singapore, 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...
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Title:Rich People Problems: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.9 inPublished:May 1, 2018Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid end to the series I read the first book because of the movie and then realized it was a trilogy. I was interested enough in the characters to continue. I am glad I read all three they were interesting and fun and a pretty easy read.
Date published: 2018-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mini review on GR! Mini review: Spoilers ahead! Trigger warning: Invasion off privacy via technology, blackmail, suicide attempt, death, mention of war, mention of gun violence, mention of critical injuries, mention of car accident, mention of miscarriage, kidnapping, and heart stroke. After the cliffhanger ending in China Rich Girlfriend I was so anxious to read this! I am happy to say that I enjoyed it! Nick gets a surprising call from his mother claiming that his Grandmother is going to pass away soon. Reluctant to go back home he declines to visit her. Rachel convinces him to go and make amends with his grandmother. Astrid and Charlie are trying to make their relationship official. Although Michael and Isabel are making that very tough. And of course Astrid's parents don't approve. And with her grandmother's health in question Charlie and Astrid have a long way to go. Kitty has officially gotten the life she's wanted. As Jack Bing's wife she can do anything she pleases. It especially helps that Kitty gave birth to their son. Things start to change when Colette enters the picture. Kitty now has to compete with Colette in her marriage as well as her social life. But maybe with Oliver's help Kitty can figure something out. It was so good to be back in this world! I really enjoyed Nick's journey and him making amends to his grandmother. He has really grown and it was good to read about his roots in more detail. Also his and Rachel's relationship is still going strong which was great. The flashbacks were also so insightful. I got a better feeling of Su Yi's character! I also liked how we got to read in the point of views off her servants. Really brought out a different side of Su Yi while also providing vital information. I loved it when Su Yi and Nick forgave each other. Their relationship was so strong and beautiful. All the family drama was surprising and realistic. I actually did believe that this happens in real life. It really was something to see all these people competing for Tyersall Park. Eddie's antics were the worst in this installment. His behaviour did shock me here and there. I actually liked reading about some of the family members. Particularly Catherine and her family. They were like the only sane people. The twist with Tyersall Park did shock me. But I still loved it. And also the epilogue was great and really brought everything together. While I enjoyed this book it is the weakest in the series. The situation between Kitty and Colette got way too ridiculous. I do think it dragged on for too long. Also I can't say that I fully enjoyed the resolution. I did warm up to Astrid and Charlie's relationship. Although I would've preferred her character arc to be done a bit differently. Overall I enjoyed this installment! I highly recommend this series.
Date published: 2018-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this trilogy What an easy book to read with so much wit. Great book to end this series
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great ending to a great series It might have been as super fantastic as the first book, but I loved this one all the same, and I loved the ending and the twists and turns that came with it.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I really enjoyed this series! It was so entertaining, I couldn't put any of the books down.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book is also really good. The series overall is fantastic
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining Light, entertaining , #3 of the series. Some parts are laugh out loud. Perfect beach read.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! I read all of Kevin Kwan's books, this one was also addictive and hard to put down. My fave type of genre. So funny and witty. So proud. Thank you!
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love! I couldn't put it down! Binged read all three books over the weekend!
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved the plot and characters, a really enjoyable read loved the plot and characters, a really enjoyable read
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightful "Scientists talk about how we inherit health issues from our parents through our genes, but we also inherit this entire lineage of fear and pain—generations of it." Rich People Problems starts off a few years after the events of the second book, China Rich Girlfriend, and follows the family as they deal with the fact that the matriarch of the family is slowly dying. I can't really tell you much more without spoiling anything, but we basically get to see our favourite and least favourite characters again, in a not so easy situation this time around. Okay, so. I know that this has its problematic aspects. Slurs are used way too much, without ever being challenged, and I've been told that it represents Singapore's minorities very poorly. Therefore, it's good to go into this book without expecting it to be a realistic portrait of Singapore in general, in my opinion. Thing is, it's kind of like Gossip Girl, in that sense. The latter takes place in New York City, yet shows very little of the diversity of that city, just like the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. With that in mind, let's get on to what I really liked about this book. First, I personally really enjoy Kevin Kwan's writing style. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's so compulsively readable that I simply couldn't put this book down. Not only do I adore the footnotes (except when they include slurs, of course), but I also really enjoy how a chapter can start from one character's perspective and switch to another character halfway through a conversation between the two of them. I know some people don't like that, but I personally find it very enjoyable and refreshing. Second, the characters. There are so many, but after a few pages, it becomes really hard to confuse them. They all have such distinct personalities that they all truly feel different and like their own separate entities. Even unlikeable characters are fun to read about, if not only for the fact that they are delightful to hate (*coughs* Eddie *coughs*). Plus, the likeable characters are really likeable, and although I love Astrid and who she ends up with, I still wish she'd marry me because wow. Third, the story. Sure, it's over-the-top and way too dramatic, but... That's what I want out of these books. They're light, fun, easy reads that just fly by. And this book in particular included more emotional depth that the previous two, which I also really enjoyed. Honestly, I wish there were more book in this series, because I just want more and more of this over-the-top story and its ever so dramatic characters. Still, there were some aspects of the story I didn't like as much as others. The slurs, of course, but also the ending. Whilst it made me smile, I thought that everything was a bit too perfect. Which I get is what Kevin Kwan intended because, like the rest, it is truly over-the-top, but I still wished for a bit more depth. I think. I'm not exactly sure what I was looking for really, but it was missing from the ending. All in all, whilst this book and series have problems, they are definitely enjoyable, quick reads that I 100% recommend to read by the pool/lake/sea/etc. Preferably, whilst sipping on a fancy cocktail.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I loved this series, so much fun to read! I really enjoyed the way this book was written with some flashbacks, I found it to be different from the other books, but just as entertaining. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't stop laughing This series just gets better and better. Couldn't put it down. Laughed out loud a couple of times.
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LIKE IT Satisfying and fulfilling read. Characters are fun. Well knit story
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Resolution The last of the trilogy did not disappoint. I feel that all the hyperbolic characters established in first and second books become real and humbling in the third. My only criticism of the series is that of all the richly developed characters, Rachel (the supposedly main character) is rather flat. For a woman who grew up in a Chinese family, I'm surprised that she's not more well equipped to deal with Nicholas's nosy family.
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love i love this whole trilogy! i hope they're all made into movies. i can't wait to see crazy rich asians on film
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too many story lines! I might be an unpopular opinion for this one but I found that Kevin Kwan was juggling too many story lines in this one. As with the previous two books, we follow different characters through their own unique adventures in Asian high society. However, I felt like there was so much jumping back and forth that each story line felt outstretched. Stick it out to the end though, it caught my attention in the last 100 pages.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Last but cetainly not least in this series. The third book in the series "Crazy Rich Asians" really poured on the mystery and drama. Funny as the other two books but a real tearjerker at times. Couldn't hardly put the book down. Hope there will be a fourth book. Can't wait to go back to Singapore if only in my imagination. Spent six years there and the books are true to life. Best new comedy/drama series of the year.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from covers are to die for The covers are what drew me to these books, as did the titles. If one is Asian one can definitely find common ground with the writting and plots.
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from satisfying ending Keeps you on your toes kind of book. The footnotes are both informative and hilarious. Coming from an Asian background makes a lot of the traditions and rules very relatable. Descriptive words paint a beautiful picture of each and every setting, character, and scene. Satisfying and fulfilling ending to the trilogy. Definitely some parts that makes you angry and feel for certain characters, hoping everything will work in their favour
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tied a bow on the series The end of this series really tied a bow on it all. Wrapped up nicely but wishing there was more from this author. It's funny and you can see where the wide Ah-ma was coming from. There is a loose end and I hope the author does another book to maybe address it.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love My new favorite series of books. Each one was better than the last. This one though.... hits at another emotional level. Did not expect to cry during one of these. Definitely a must read. The entire series is a must read.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic This was a great read. Love the Asian phrases and words scattered in. It was on point. It was a funny book and overall a great read. It was romantic and it made me see into the insight of rich people problems and the family issues that come along with it. This was an even more entertaining book then the first.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the series! Each book was better than the one before it! This one was funny and interesting like the first two, but had a whole extra emotional layer - touched on something really poignant by the end. I highly recommended this series of books!
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOO GOOD this is probably my favourite series to date. i read through all 3 books so quickly and lent them to my boyfriend's mom who also loved them! literally couldn't get enough of these and i'm so excited for the movie
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Favourite Series! I read "Crazy Rich Asians" and picked this one up when it came out. It is just as hilarious and fast-paced as the first one. I loved Kwan's descriptions of Singapore and the way he makes you feel like a VIP guest on a crazy trip through the world of ultra-wealthy Singaporeans. An excellent read that is exceptionally well-written.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The entire series is phenomenal Every book of Kevin Kwan's just kept getting better and better. This book is officially my favourite of the three, but they're all great. I didn't think it was possible, but the characters got more extra and more entertaining in this one. So funny and so much drama!!!
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE thsi series!!! Must READ! It was our book club choice...and I wasnt sure what to expect! So happy I followed through and read....have encouraged so many others to do so since! A FUN light hearted series! Must summer read!!
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Least Favorite of the Series This book brings together the whole series and explains why everyone in the family acts the way they do. However, I found the parts about Kitty rather unnecessary and took away from the plot. Not as much of a page turner as the first two books of the series.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite of this trilogy!! LOVE this trilogy from Kevin Kwan....amazing look at how the rich survive ...family betrayals and first world problems! Can hardly wait for teh film!!
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great third part I loved the third book - it met all my expectations.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kevin Kwan! I loved this book. Kevin Kwan really is a great author.I loved all 3 books in this triology. So much gossip, scandal and high society. Great novel.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 3rd in the trilogy I didn't want it to end! Such a good series. Kevin Kwan is a great writer
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from go read it! Hilarious and light easy read. Im chinese and it was funny reading about 'traditional' family values and family rankings. if you love some family drama and designer clothing and accessories. This series is for you.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! This is a hilarious and entertaining read. It was a great easy read for the cottage. I would definitely suggest reading the whole series.
Date published: 2018-05-19

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CHAPTER ONEDavos, SwitzerlandEdison Cheng stared up at the soaring honeycomb-structured ceiling in the vast white auditorium, feeling on top of the world. I’m here. I’m finally here! After years of Olympic-level networking, Eddie had at long last made it—he had been invited to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Strictly by invitation only, this prestigious event was the most elite schmoozefest on the planet.Every January, the world’s most important heads of state, politicians, philanthropists, CEOs, tech leaders, thought leaders, social activists, social entrepreneurs, and, of course, movie stars would descend upon this secluded ski resort high in the Swiss Alps in their private jets, check in to their luxurious hotels, put on their $5,000 ski jackets and ski boots, and engage in meaningful dialogues about such urgent issues as global warming and rising inequality.And now Eddie was part of this ultraexclusive club. As the recently appointed senior executive vice chairman of Private Banking (Global) for the Liechtenburg Group, he now found himself standing in the middle of the futuristic auditorium at the Congress Centre, breathing in the rarefied air and catching slivers of his own reflection in the thin chrome leg of an auditorium chair. He was wearing his new bespoke Sartoria Ripense suit, which had been outfitted with an inner lining of ten-ply cashmere so that he never had to wear a ski jacket over it. His new Corthay squirrel suede chukkas had special rubber soles, so he would never slip on the slick Alpine streets. On his wrist was his newest horological acquisition—a rose gold A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange “Pour le Mérite,” peeking out the precise amount from his sleeve cuff so other watchophiles would see what he was wearing. But most important of all was what he wore over this sartorial splendor—a black lanyard at the end of which was attached a white plastic badge with his name printed in the middle: Edison Cheng.Eddie fondled the slick plastic badge as if it were a jewel-encrusted amulet, personally bestowed on him by the God of Davos. This badge distinguished him from all the pee-ons at the conference. He wasn’t some PR hack, journalist, or one of the common attendees. This white plastic badge with the blue line at the bottom meant that he was an official delegate.Eddie glanced around the room at all the clusters of people in hushed conversations, trying to see which dictator, despot, or director he could recognize and connect with. Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a tall Chinese man wearing a bright orange ski parka peeking in through the auditorium’s side door, seemingly a little lost. Wait a minute, I know that guy. Isn’t that Charlie Wu?“Oy—Charlie!” Eddie yelled, a little too loudly, as he rushed over toward Charlie. Wait till he sees my official delegate badge!Charlie beamed at him in recognition. “Eddie Cheng! Did you just get in from Hong Kong?”“I came from Milan, actually. I was at the men’s fall fashion shows—front-row seat at Etro.”“Wow. I guess being one of Hong Kong Tattle’s Best Dressed Men is serious work, isn’t it?” Charlie quipped.“Actually, I made it into the Best Dressed Hall of Fame last year,” Eddie replied earnestly. He gave Charlie a quick once-over, noticing that he was wearing khaki pants with cargo pockets and a navy blue pullover under his bright orange parka. What a pity—he used to be so fashionable when he was younger, and now he’s dressed like every other tech-geek nobody. “Where’s your badge, Charlie?” Eddie asked, flashing his own proudly.“Oh yes, we’re supposed to wear them at all times, aren’t we? Thanks for reminding me—it’s somewhere buried in my messenger bag.” Charlie dug around for a few seconds before fishing out his badge, and Eddie glanced at it, his curiosity morphing into shocked dismay. Charlie was holding an all-white badge affixed with a shiny holographic sticker. Fucky fuck, this was the most coveted badge! The one they only gave to world leaders! The only other person he had seen so far wearing that badge was Bill Clinton! How the fuck did Charlie get one? All he did was run Asia’s biggest tech company!Trying to mask his envy, Eddie blurted, “Hey, are you attending my panel—Apocalypse Asia: How to Secure Your Assets When the China Bubble Really Bursts?”“I’m actually on my way to give a talk to IGWEL. What time do you go on?”“Two o’clock. What’s your talk about?” Eddie asked, thinking that he could somehow tag along with Charlie.“I don’t have anything prepared, really. I think Angela Merkel and some of the Scandinavians just wanted to pick my brain.”Just then, Charlie’s executive assistant, Alice, walked up to join them.“Alice, look who I found! I knew we’d bump into someone from back home sooner or later,” Charlie said.“Mr. Cheng, so nice to see you here. Charlie—could I have a quick word?”“Sure.”Alice glanced at Eddie, who looked only too eager for her to continue while he was standing right there. “Er . . . would you mind coming with me for a moment?” she said diplomatically, guiding Charlie into a side reception room furnished with several lounge chairs and glass-cube coffee tables.“What’s up? Are you still trying to recover from sitting at the same breakfast table with Pharrell?” Charlie teased.Alice smiled tensely. “There’s been a developing situation all morning, and we didn’t want to disturb you until we knew more.”“Well, spit it out.”Alice took a deep breath before beginning. “I just got the latest update from our head of security in Hong Kong. I don’t quite know how to tell you this, but Chloe and Delphine are missing.”“What do you mean missing?” Charlie was stunned—his daughters were under round-the-clock surveillance, and their pickups and drop-offs were handled with military precision by his SAS-trained security team. Missing was not a variable in their lives.“Team Chungking was scheduled to pick them up outside Diocesan at 3:50 p.m., but the girls couldn’t be located at the school.”“Couldn’t be located . . .” Charlie mumbled in shock.Alice continued, “Chloe didn’t respond to any of her texts, and Delphine never showed up for choir at two. They thought maybe she sneaked off with her classmate Kathryn Chan to that frozen yogurt shop like she did last time, but then Kathryn turned up at choir practice and Delphine didn’t.”“Did either of them activate their panic codes?” Charlie asked, trying to remain calm.“No, they didn’t. Their phones both appear to have been deactivated, so we can’t trace them. Team 2046 has already spoken with Commander Kwok—the Hong Kong police have been placed on high alert. We also have four of our own teams searching everywhere for them, and the school is now reviewing all their security-camera footage with Mr. Tin.”“I’m assuming someone’s talked to their mother?” Charlie’s wife—from whom he was estranged—lived in their house on The Peak, and the children spent every other week with her.“Isabel can’t be reached. She told the housekeeper that she was meeting her mother for lunch at the Kowloon Cricket Club, but her mother reports that they haven’t spoken all week.”Just then, the cell phone rang again and Alice quickly answered. She listened in silence, nodding her head every now and then. Charlie looked at her pensively. This couldn’t be happening. This couldn’t be happening. Ten years ago his brother Rob had been kidnapped by the Eleven Finger Triad. It was like déjà vu all over again.“Okay. Tor jeh, tor jeh,” Alice said, hanging up. Looking at Charlie, she reported, “That was the leader of Team Angels. They now think that Isabel might have left the country. They spoke to the upstairs maid, and Isabel’s passport is missing. But for some reason she didn’t take any suitcases.”“Isn’t she in the middle of some new treatment?”“Yes, but apparently she didn’t show up at her psychiatrist appointment this week.”Charlie let out a deep sigh. This wasn’t a good sign.CHAPTER TWOfullerton hotel, singaporeEvery month, Rosalind Fung, the property heiress, hosted a Christian Fellowship Banquet for three hundred of her closest girlfriends in the opulent ballroom of the Fullerton Hotel. An invitation to this occasion was highly coveted by a certain segment of Singapore society regardless of their religious affiliation as it was a seal of approval from the old guard (there wasn’t a single Chindo or Mainlander in sight), and also because the food was heavenly—Rosalind brought in her personal chefs, who took over the hotel’s kitchens for one day and prepared an enormous buffet feast consisting of the most mouthwatering Singaporean dishes. Most important—this biblical bacchanal was completely free of charge thanks to Rosalind’s generosity, although guests were asked to contribute something to the offering basket immediately following the closing prayer.Having strategically chosen a table closest to the buffet area, Daisy Foo sighed as she watched Araminta Lee standing in line at the noodle station dishing out some mee siam. “Aiyah—that Araminta! Bein kar ani laau!”“She doesn’t look old. She just doesn’t have any makeup on, that’s all. Those supermodel types look like nothing on earth without makeup,” Nadine Shaw said as she tucked into her steaming bowl of mee rebus noodles.Dousing her mee goreng with more chili oil, Eleanor Young commented, “It has nothing to do with that. I used to see her swim at the Churchill Club, and even when she was coming out of the pool dripping wet, she looked beautiful without a stitch of makeup on. Her face has just taken a turn, that’s all. She has one of those faces that I always knew would age badly. What is she . . . twenty-seven, twenty-eight now? It’s all over for her, lah.”At that moment, Lorena Lim and Carol Tai arrived at the table with plates piled dangerously high with food. “Wait, wait . . . who’s aging badly?” Lorena inquired eagerly.“Araminta Lee. Over at that table with all the Khoo women. Doesn’t she look haggard?” Nadine said.“Alamak, bite your tongue, Nadine! Didn’t you know she just had a miscarriage?” Carol whispered.The ladies all stared at Carol, mouths agape. “Again? Are you joking? Who told you, lah?” Daisy demanded, still chewing on her mee pok.“Who else? Kitty, lor. Kitty and Araminta are the best of friends now, and ever since this latest miscarriage, she’s been spending a lot of time at Kitty’s house playing with Gisele. She’s completely heartbroken.”“How often do you see Kitty and Gisele?” Lorena asked, marveling that Carol could be so forgiving of her ex-daughter-in-law—the same woman who had cheated on her son, Bernard, with a man Kitty met at the funeral of Carol’s late husband and who subsequently dragged Bernard through a particularly acrimonious divorce and custody battle. (Of course, it didn’t hurt that Carol abhorred her son’s new lifestyle of yoga and “that ridiculous Jurassic diet,” both of which she considered to be satanic.)“I go over to Kitty’s at least once a week, and Gisele comes to church with me every Sunday,” Carol proudly reported.“Is it healthy for Araminta to be playing with your granddaughter when she just lost her own baby?” Nadine wondered out loud.“Aiyah, I’m sure old Mrs. Khoo must be giving Araminta soooo much pressure to produce a grandson! It’s been five years since she married Colin! My Nicky and Rachel have been married for two years now, and they still won’t give me a grandchild!” Eleanor complained.“But Araminta is still young. She has plenty of time, lah,” Nadine argued.“With all of Dorothy Khoo’s side disinherited, Puan’s side good-for-nothings, and Nigel Khoo running off and marrying that Russian cabaret singer, who is obviously too old to seh kiah, Colin and Araminta are the last hope to carry on the Khoo name,” Daisy commented. Having been born a Wong, of the tin-mining Wongs, Daisy had an encyclopedic knowledge of Singapore’s social history.The ladies all shook their heads, casting pitiful glances at Araminta, who to anyone else but these women’s hypercritical eyes looked perfectly gorgeous and lovely in her yellow striped minidress from Jacquemus.“Well, Eleanor, your niece Astrid just arrived. There’s one girl who never seems to age,” Carol observed.All the women turned to look as Astrid descended the sweeping curved staircase with her mother, Felicity Leong; the society queen Mrs. Lee Yong Chien; and another elderly lady decked out in a cobalt blue sequined hijab.“Who is that Malay woman wearing that ginormous ruby choker? If that center stone looks as big as it does from here, it must be the size of a lychee up close!” Lorena exclaimed. Having been married into the L’Orient Jewelry family for more than three decades, she definitely knew her rocks.“Oh that’s the Dowager Sultana of Perawak. She’s staying with the Leongs, of course,” Eleanor reported.“Alamak, having royalty as houseguests is such a nuisance!” Daisy complained.Lorena, like most of the other women in the ballroom, scrutinized Astrid from head to toe as she walked to her table wearing what appeared to be a crisp men’s button-down shirt tucked into exquisitely cut navy-and-white gingham cigarette trousers. “It’s true, Astrid actually looks younger and younger every time I see her. Isn’t she in her late thirties by now? She looks like an MGS girl coming off the school bus! I bet you she must be sneaking off somewhere and getting things done.”“I can tell you she hasn’t had a thing done. She’s not the type,” Eleanor said.“It’s how she puts it all together. The other girls her age are dressed up like Christmas trees but just look at Astrid . . . hair in a sleek ponytail, ballet flats, not a drop of jewelry except that cross . . . is it turquoise? And that outfit! She looks like Audrey Hepburn on the way to a screen test,” Daisy said approvingly as she fished around in her new Céline handbag for a toothpick. “Blah-dee-hell! See what my snobby daughter-in-law forces me to carry? She gave me this fancy handbag for my birthday because she’s embarrassed of being seen next to me when I’m carrying my no-name purse, but I can’t ever find anything in here! It’s so damn deep, and there are so many damn pockets!”“Daisy, will you please stop swearing? We are in the Lord’s presence tonight, you know,” Carol admonished.As if on cue, the Christian Fellowship Banquet’s hostess, Rosalind Fung, got up from her table and walked onto the stage. A short, plumpish woman in her mid-sixties with a frizzy spiral perm, Rosalind was dressed in what seemed to be the regulation uniform of every middle-aged old-money Singaporean heiress—a sleeveless floral blouse, probably purchased from the clearance rack at John Little, taupe elastic-waist pants, and orthopedic open-toe sandals. She smiled happily from the podium at her gathered friends.

Editorial Reviews

A New York Times BestsellerNational BestsellerA Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017An Esquire Best Book of 2017"Rich People Problems is a fun tabloid romp full of over-the-top shenanigans . . . a memorable, laugh-out-loud Asian glitz fest that's a pure pleasure to read." —USA Today"Kwan's world is so outrageous and so wicked it succeeds in making Downton Abbey look like Downton Arriviste, and Gossip Girl feel gauche. [Rich People Problems is] packed to the gills, as ever, with real estate porn, a foodies free-for-all and fashion's Little Black Book." —Toronto Star"The fairy tale/soap opera/lux-a-thon that began with Crazy Rich Asians (2013) and China Rich Girlfriend (2015) comes to a fit-tingly majestic and hilarious end in Kwan's third novel. . . . Alamak! as they say in Singapore. Please say it isn’t over! Of course everything's wrapped up perfectly and tied with a (priceless, hand-painted, 15th-century) bow—but not since we were kicked out of Hogwarts and Downton Abbey have we felt so adrift." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Pure entertainment. Think: Bravo's Housewives but with a lot more money and, as a result, a lot more drama." —Nylon"Kevin Kwan has done it again." —InStyle"[A] hilarious family drama. . . . This delightfully wicked family saga will have you laughing over your summer daiquiris at the long-buried secrets of Asia's most privileged families and their rich people problems." —Redbook"The perfect indulgent long weekend read." —Elle"I gobbled all three volumes of Kevin Kwan's gossipy, name-droppy and wickedly funny Crazy Rich Asians trilogy as if they were popcorn. . . . Irresistible." —The Seattle Times"Enthralling. . . . A voyeuristic pleasure to read." —Esquire"One of this summer's best breezy beach reads, an audacious satire that lifts the curtain on the jet-set one percent of Southeast Asian multibillionaires." —The Globe and MailPraise for China Rich Girlfriend: "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." —People"The summer's funniest beach read." —Vanity Fair"I loved China Rich Girlfriend. . . . [It's] 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