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Rich People Problems

byKevin Kwan

Hardcover | May 23, 2017

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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 ProblemsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.53 × 6.37 × 1.44 inPublished:May 23, 2017Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Finale! perfect way to end the trilogy... then again maybe Kevin Kwan may write another one if we are lucky!
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from another good one Loved the whole series! So funny and entertaining. Hope there's a fourth coming
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from bittersweet, ah ma! glad Kevin came back with a final book - or so i would assume. of course, we had to know who Tyersal Park is left to. i did expect slighly more from this book, i felt out of all the other two. this book was definitely the more calm and collected. i didn't hate how it ended off but i didn't love it, i hope for more. i felt like something was missing. now will Kevin come back with one, continuing into the next gerneration? who knows - but i highly doubt it'll compared to the first two books. hopefully he'll just start with a brand new series, because i think this would be a good way to end. i still recommend this book, especially if you've followed along the way already - it is still very entertaining and a very easy read. as always, i read this edition while on a beach!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Amazing! Love this series! Pretty funny and a perfect read!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than the first... I was not a fan of Crazy Rich Asians, So I figured I would not like this. I was surprised that this one as well written and funnier.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good summer read Quick read. Not as great as its predecessors
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series I can read these books over and over again
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rich people problems Ohh the life of the rich ;) #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great read... After reading Kevin Kwan's first two books, I had to get his latest instalment. These characters made me laugh and brought me to a place I never thought would even exist... Extravagance and all the riches! Each character's "woes" (if you can even call it that) were easy to follow and was great fun!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! Great book! Am really hoping there is a 4th coming! China Rich Baby perhaps?
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amaaaazing! Yet again, Kevin Kwan comes out with the last book of the Crazy Rich Asian series. Love how he writes and gives a real insight into the Asian society. A great laugh and summer book to read!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My guilty pleasure! So excited when this book came out. Perfect read for the summer. Please keep writing them!
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book! This book was the third novel in Kevin Kwan's trilogy. I found that it was easy to get back into the story having read about these characters before. Kwan has written another hit with a glimpse into extreme wealth, travel and a lot of family drama. I really enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I enjoyed this trilogy a lot! I had a hard time immersing myself into the first one, but I enjoyed them none the less.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it Enjoyed every moment reading this story
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great read, laugh out loud moments and keeps you captive
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Whole Different World IDEA: I should probably talk about the idea for the series as a whole, which quite simply is PURE genius! Being Asian, I’ve seen my fair share of those ULTRA RICH people (maybe not as rich as the people in this series) but I’ve seen them around/ know them. This book embodies extravagance, love, gossip, beauty, couture, status and most importantly, money. It’s so different from the normal world we live in and the ENTIRE Crazy Rich Asians series has this power to make you forget your normal life and live in theirs. WRITING: There are so many characters in this book, and the writing is just gorgeous. Sometimes a chapter is told from one person’s point of view, and sometimes you’re given a location and the viewpoints keep switching between the people present there. It was truly a different experience to read from SO MANY people’s points of view to understand everybody’s motivations better. I also SPECIFICALLY loved that we heard from Nick’s grandmother, Sun Yi in Rich People Problems, because even though everyone was talking about her, she was the one character I felt like I didn’t know. PLOT: The plot of Rich People Problems was by far the MOST interesting one of the series. The whole series has revolved around one underlying questions of WHO would inherit the gigantic fortune of the Young/ Shang clan and well, THIS WAS THE BOOK WHERE WE FOUND OUT! I spent most of the time wanting to JUST FLIP and reach the part where everything was announced, and it took such an effort for me to not! CHARACTERS: I feel like I KNOW these characters. In the span of three books and three days I got to know Nick, Rachel, Astrid, Charlie, Eleanor, Eddie, Oliver, Kitty, Colin and every other secondary character we saw this glamourous world from. While Nick and Rachel were this solid, dependable couple, Astrid and Charlie have been my OTP for the entire series. I loved the two of them together, and specifically flipped pages to see when I’d hear from them next. There’s honestly too much I want to talk about and very little I can talk about without spoiling it. If there is a sequel, I will jump across continents for it! A different kind of world, a diverse cast of characters thrown in a whirlwind of money, family, fame, status, love and all things Asian!
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unrelatable Was given this as a gift. I found it vapid and unrelatable. Wouldnt return to the author.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Last book in the trilogy Hopefully the book will have a good ending for all the storylines
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good conclusion Another amusing and over-the-top novel by Kevin Kwan. There were a few 'laugh out loud' moments which I enjoyed. Otherwise, the whole novel is bombarded with lavish parties, scrumptious food and family drama. I'm glad I saw this series through to the end.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Read! Love all his books! Always so fun to read.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect End I loved this series and this book was a great way to end it.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You cannot go wrong with this book This book is highly entertaining, some of the characters are so unbelievable that you just want to bear witness to them. I'd love for this series to be made into a show. Thank you for another great read.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book My favourite out of the three by the author
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book out of the entire trilogy! This was my favourite book out of all three. Loved the back stories of all the other characters we did not get to know in the first and second books. So sad the trilogy is over... hoping for a continuation of these characters' stories in the future!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kevin Kwan does it again If you loved Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend you need to get this book ASAP!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining! Over the top! Pure indulgence, a summer must read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Hilarious and somehow disturbingly truthful at the same time.
Date published: 2017-05-30

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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 Bestseller"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"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 TimesPraise 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