Sarong Party Girls: A Novel

Paperback | April 25, 2017

byCheryl Lu-lien Tan

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A brilliant and utterly engaging novel—Emma set in modern Asia—about a young woman’s rise in the glitzy, moneyed city of Singapore, where old traditions clash with heady modern materialism.

On the edge of twenty-seven, Jazzy hatches a plan for her and her best girlfriends: Sher, Imo, and Fann. Before the year is out, these Sarong Party Girls will all have spectacular weddings to rich ang moh—Western expat—husbands, with Chanel babies (the cutest status symbols of all) quickly to follow. Razor-sharp, spunky, and vulgarly brand-obsessed, Jazzy is a determined woman who doesn't lose.

As she fervently pursues her quest to find a white husband, this bombastic yet tenderly vulnerable gold-digger reveals the contentious gender politics and class tensions thrumming beneath the shiny exterior of Singapore’s glamorous nightclubs and busy streets, its grubby wet markets and seedy hawker centers. Moving through her colorful, stratified world, she realizes she cannot ignore the troubling incongruity of new money and old-world attitudes which threaten to crush her dreams. Desperate to move up in Asia’s financial and international capital, will Jazzy and her friends succeed?

Vividly told in Singlish—colorful Singaporean English with its distinctive cadence and slang—Sarong Party Girls brilliantly captures the unique voice of this young, striving woman caught between worlds. With remarkable vibrancy and empathy, Cheryl Tan brings not only Jazzy, but her city of Singapore, to dazzling, dizzying life.

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A brilliant and utterly engaging novel—Emma set in modern Asia—about a young woman’s rise in the glitzy, moneyed city of Singapore, where old traditions clash with heady modern materialism.On the edge of twenty-seven, Jazzy hatches a plan for her and her best girlfriends: Sher, Imo, and Fann. Before the year is out, these Sarong Party ...

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A sensational and utterly engaging novel—Breakfast at Tiffany’s set in modern Asia—about a young woman’s rise in the glitzy, moneyed city of Singapore, where old traditions clash with heady modern materialismOn the edge of twenty-seven, Jazzy hatches a plan for her and her best girlfriends: Sher, Imo, and Fann. Before the year is out, ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:April 25, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062448978

ISBN - 13:9780062448972

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really love Sarong Party Girls. I'm a Singaporean living in North America. I was surprised and curious when I first noticed that this book was written by a Singaporean and published by a big international publisher, so I got hold of a copy. At first I was taken aback when I noted that it was written in Singlish but thought I would read a couple of pages to see whether I would like it. I found I couldn't stop reading and was laughing most of the way through. The book is awesome and very well written. The story really flows with depth and good sense of humour. It's easy to read and understand even if you haven't encountered any Singlish before. Go pick up a copy if you can, but beware that this book is exceptionally addictive.
Date published: 2016-07-26

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“Darkly funny, Sarong Party Girls is one very determined woman’s journey through modern Singapore, an intoxicating crossroads of culture, money, and ambition. Her voice is utterly new and engaging, bringing her world to vivid life from the first sentence.”