╈ Easy reader Crazy Rich Asians (Movie Tie-In Edition) ▬ E-Pub Author Kevin Kwan ◍ ╈ Easy reader Crazy Rich Asians (Movie Tie-In Edition) ▬ E-Pub Author Kevin Kwan ◍ Part Two I did not tell half of what I saw, for no one would have believed me. MARCO POLO, 1324 2 Rachel and Nick TYERSALL PARK As Peik Lins car approached the porte cochere of Tyersall Park, Nick bounded down the front steps toward them I was worried youd gotten lost, he said, opening the car door.We did get a bit lost, actually, Rachel replied, getting out of the car and staring up at the majestic faade before her Her stomach felt like it had been twisted in a vise, and she smoothed out the creases on her dress nervously Am I really late No, its okay Im sorry, were my directions confusing Nick asked, peering into the car and smiling at Peik Lin PeikLinthanks so much for giving Rachel a lift.Of course, Peik Lin murmured, still rather stunned by her surroundings She longed to get out of the car and explore this colossal estate, but something told her to remain in her seat She paused for a moment, thinking Nick might invite her in for a drink, but no invitation seemed to be forthcoming Finally she said as nonchalantly as possible, This is quite a placeis it your grandmothers Yes, Nick replied.Has she lived here a long time Peik Lin couldnt resist trying to find out as she craned her neck, trying to get a better look.Since she was a young girl, Nick said.Nicks answer surprised Peik Lin, as she assumed that the house would have belonged to his grandfather Now what she really wanted to ask was, Who on earth is your grandmother But she didnt want to risk seeming too nosy Well, you two have a great time, Peik Lin said, winking at Rachel and mouthing the words Call me later Rachel gave her friend a quick smile.Good night, and get home safe, Nick said, patting the roof of the car.As Peik Lins car drove off, Nick turned to Rachel, looking a little sheepish I hope its okay but its not just the family My grandmother decided to have a small party, all arranged at the last minute, apparently, because her tan hua flowers are going to bloom tonight.Shes throwing a party because her flowers are in bloom Rachel asked, not quite following.Well, these are very rare flowers that bloom extremely infrequently, sometimes once every decade, sometimes even longer than that They only bloom at night, and the whole thing only lasts for a few hours Its quite something to witness.Sounds cool, but now Im feeling really underdressed for the occasion, Rachel said pensively, eyeing the fleet of limousines that lined the driveway.Not at allyou look absolutely perfect, Nick told her He could sense her trepidation and tried to reassure her, placing his hand on the small of her back and guiding her toward thefront doors Rachel felt the warm, radiating energy from his muscled arm and instantly felt better Her knight in shining armor was at her side, and everything would be just fine.As they entered the house, the first thing that caught Rachels eye was the dazzling mosaic tiles in the grand foyer She stood transfixed for a few moments by the intricate black, blue, and coral pattern before realizing that they were not alone A tall, spindly Indian man stood silently in the middle of the foyer next to a circular stone table clustered with pots of enormous white and purple phalaenopsis orchids The man bowed ceremoniously to Rachel and presented her with a hammered silver bowl filled with water and pale pink rose petals For your refreshment, miss, he said.Do I drink this Rachel whispered to Nick.No, no, its for washing your hands, Nick instructed Rachel dipped her fingers into the cool scented water before wiping them on the soft terry cloth that was proffered, feeling awed and a little silly by the ritual.Everyones upstairs in the living room, Nick said, leading her toward the carved stone staircase Rachel saw something out of the corner of her eye and let out a quick gasp By the side of the staircase lurked a huge tiger.Its stuffed, Rachel Nick laughed The tiger stood as if about to pounce, mouth open in a ferocious growl.Im sorry, it looked so real, Rachel said, recovering herself.It was real Its a native Singaporean tiger They used to roam this area until the late nineteenth century, but they were hunted into extinction My great grandfather shot this one when it ran into the house and hid under the billiard table, or so the story goes Poor guy, Rachel said, reaching out to stroke the tigers head gingerly Its fur felt surprisingly brittle, as if a patch might fall off at any minute.It used to scare the hell out of me when I was little I never dared go near the foyer at night, and I had dreams that it would come alive and attack me while I was sleeping, Nick said.You grew up here Rachel asked in surprise.Yes, until I was about seven.You never told me you lived in a palace.This isnt a palace Its just a big house.Nick, where I come from, this is a palace, Rachel said, gazing up at the cast iron and glass cupola soaring above them As they climbed the stairs, the murmur of party chatter and piano keys wafted down toward them When they reached the landing to the second floor, Rachel almost had to rub her eyes in disbelief Sweet Jesus She felt momentarily giddy, as if she had been transported back in time to another era, to the grand lounge of a twenties ocean liner en route from Venice to Istanbul, perhaps.The living room, as Nick so modestly called it, was a gallery that ran along the entire northern end of the house, with art deco divans, wicker club chairs, and ottomans casually grouped into intimate seating areas A row of tall plantation doors opened onto the wraparound veranda, inviting the view of verdant parklands and the scent of night blooming jasmine into the room, while at the far end a young man in a tuxedo played on the Bsendorfer grand piano As Nick led her into the space, Rachel found herself reflexively trying to ignore her surroundings, even though all she wanted to do was study every exquisite detail the exotic potted palms in massive Qianlong dragon jardinieres that anchored the space, thescarlet shaded opaline glass lamps that cast an amber glow over the lacquered teak surfaces, the silver and lapis lazulifiligreed walls that shimmered as she moved about the room Every single object seemed imbued with a patina of timeless elegance, as if it had been there for than a hundred years, and Rachel didnt dare to touch anything The glamorous guests, however, appeared completely at ease lounging on the shantung silk ottomans or mingling on the veranda while a retinue of white gloved servants in deep olive batik uniforms circulated with trays of cocktails.Here comes Astrids mother, Nick muttered Before Rachel had a moment to collect herself, a stately looking lady approached them, wagging a finger at Nick.Nicky, you naughty boy, why didnt you tell us you were back We thought you werent coming till next week, and you just missed Uncle Harrys birthday dinner at Command House The woman looked like a middle aged Chinese matron, but she spoke in the sort of clipped English accent straight out of a Merchant Ivory film Rachel couldnt help but notice how her tightly permed black hair fittingly resembled the Queen of Englands.So sorry, I thought you and Uncle Harry would be in London at this time of the year Dai gu cheh, this is my girlfriend Rachel Chu Rachel, this is my auntie Felicity Leong.Felicity nodded at Rachel, boldly scanning her up and down.So nice to meet you, Rachel said, trying not to be unnerved by her hawklike gaze.Yes of course, Felicity said, turning quickly to Nick and asking, almost sternly, Do you know when your daddy gets in Not a clue, he replied Is Astrid here yet Aiyah, you know that girl is always late At that moment, his aunt noticed an elderly Indian woman in a gold and peacock blue sari being helped up the stairs Dear Mrs Singh, when did you get back from Udaipur she screeched, pouncing on the woman as Nick guided Rachel out of the way.Who is that lady Rachel asked.Thats Mrs Singh, a family friend who used to live down the street Shes the daughter of a maharaja, and one of the most fascinating people I know She was great friends with Nehru Ill introduce you later, when my aunt isnt breathing down our necks.Her sari is absolutely stunning, Rachel remarked, gazing at the elaborate gold stitching.Yes, isnt it I hear she flies all her saris back to New Delhi to be specially cleaned, Nick said as he tried to escort Rachel toward the bar, unwittingly steering straight into the path of a very posh looking middle aged couple The man had a pompadour of Brylcreemed black hair and thick, oversize tortoiseshell glasses, while his wife wore a classic gold buttoned red and white Chanel suit.Uncle Dickie, Auntie Nancy, meet my girlfriend Rachel Chu, Nick said Rachel, this is my uncle and his wife, from the Tsien side of the family, he explained.Ah Rachel, Ive met your grandfather in Taipei Chu Yang Chung, isnt it Uncle Dickie asked.Er actually, no My family isnt from Taipei, Rachel stammered.Oh Where are they from, then Guangdong originally, and nowadays California.Uncle Dickie looked a bit taken aback, while his well coiffedwife grasped his arm tightly and continued Oh, we know California very well Northern California, actually.Yes, thats where Im from, Rachel replied politely.Ah, well then, you must know the Gettys Ann is a great friend of mine, Nancy effused.Um, are you referring to the Getty Oil family Is there any other Nancy asked, perplexed.Rachels from Cupertino, not San Francisco, Auntie Nancy And thats why I need to introduce her to Francis Leong over there, who I hear is going to Stanford this fall, Nick cut in, quickly moving Rachel along The next thirty minutes became a blur of nonstop greetings, as Rachel was introduced to assorted family and friends There were aunties and uncles and cousins aplenty, there was the distinguished though diminutive Thai ambassador, there was a man Nick introduced as the sultan of some unpronounceable Malay state, along with his two wives in elaborately bejeweled head scarves.All this time, Rachel had noticed one woman who seemed to command the attention of the room She was very slim and aristocratic looking with snow white hair and ramrod straight posture, dressed in a long white silk cheongsam with deep purple piping along the collar, sleeves, and hemline Most of the guests orbited around her paying tribute, and when she at last came toward them, Rachel noticed for the first time Nicks resemblance to her Nick had earlier informed Rachel that while his grandmother spoke En glish perfectly well, she preferred to speak in Chinese and was fluent in four dialectsMandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, and Teochew Rachel decided to greet her in Mandarin, the only dialect she spoke, but before Nick could make proper introductions, she bowed her head nervously at the stately lady andsaid, It is such a pleasure to meet you Thank you for inviting me to your beautiful home.The woman looked at her quizzically and replied slowly in Mandarin, It is a pleasure to meet you too, but you are mistaken, this is not my house.Rachel, this is my great aunt Rosemary, Nick explained hurriedly.And youll have to forgive me, my Mandarin is really quite rusty, Great aunt Rosemary added in her Vanessa Redgrave English.Oh, Im so sorry, Rachel said, her cheeks flushing bright red She could feel all eyes in the room upon her, amused by her faux pas.No need to apologize Great aunt Rosemary smiled graciously Nick has told me quite a bit about you, and I was so looking forward to meeting you.He has Rachel said, still flustered.Nick put his arm around Rachel and said, Here, come meet my grandmother They walked across the room, and on the sofa closest to the veranda, flanked by a spectacled man smartly attired in a white linen suit and a strikingly beautiful lady, sat a shrunken woman Shang Su Yi had steel gray hair held in place by an ivory headband, and she was dressed simply in a rose colored silk blouse, tailored cream trousers, and brown loafers She was older and frailer than Rachel had expected, and though her features were partially obscured by a thick pair of tinted bifocals, her regal countenance was unmistakable Standing completely still behind Nicks grandmother were two ladies in immaculate matching gowns of iridescent silk.Nick addressed his grandmother in Cantonese Ah Ma, Id like you to meet my friend Rachel Chu, from America So nice to meet you Rachel blurted in English, completely forgetting her Mandarin.Nicks grandmother peered up at Rachel for a moment Thank you for coming, she replied haltingly, in English, before turning swiftly to resume her conversation in Hokkien with the lady at her side The man in the white linen suit smiled quickly at Rachel, but then he too turned away The two ladies swathed in silk stared inscrutably at Rachel, and she smiled back at them tensely.Lets get some punch, Nick said, steering Rachel toward a table where a uniformed waiter wearing white cotton gloves was serving punch out of a huge Venetian glass punch bowl.Oh my God, that had to be the most awkward moment of my life I think I really annoyed your grandmother, Rachel whispered.Nonsense She was just in the middle of another conversation, thats all, Nick said soothingly.Who were those two women in matching silk dresses standing like statues behind her Rachel asked.Oh, those are her ladys maids.Excuse me Her ladys maids They never leave her side.Like ladies in waiting They look so elegant.Yes, theyre from Thailand, and they were trained to serve in the royal court.Is this a common thing in Singapore Importing royal maids from Thailand Rachel asked incredulously.I dont believe so This service was a special lifetime gift to my grandmother.A gift From whom The King of Thailand Though it was the last one, notBhumibol the current king Or was it the one before that Anyway, he was apparently a great friend of my grandmothers He decreed that she must only be waited on by court trained ladies So there has been a constant rotation ever since my grandmother was a young woman.Oh, Rachel said, stupefied She took the glass of punch from Nick and noticed that the fine etching on the Venetian glassware perfectly matched the intricate fretwork pattern on the ceiling She leaned against the back of a sofa for support, suddenly feeling overwhelmed There was too much for her to take inthe army of white gloved servants hovering about, the confusion of new faces, the mind blowing opulence Who knew that Nicks family would turn out to be these extremely grand people And why didnt he prepare her for all this a little Rachel felt a gentle tap on her shoulder She turned around to see Nicks cousin holding a sleepy toddler Astrid she cried, delighted to see a friendly face at last Astrid was adorned in the chicest outfit Rachel had ever seen, quite different from how she had remembered her in New York So this was Astrid in her natural habitat.Hello, hello Astrid said cheerily Cassian, this is Auntie Rachel Say hi to Auntie Rachel Astrid gestured The child stared at Rachel for a moment, before burying his head shyly into his mothers shoulder.Here, let me take this big boy out of your hands Nick grinned, lifting a squirming Cassian out of Astrids arms, and then deftly handing her a glass of punch.Thanks, Nicky, Astrid said as she turned to Rachel How are you finding Singapore so far Having a good time A great time Although tonights been a bit overwhelming I can only imagine, Astrid said with a knowing glint in her eye.No, Im not sure you can, Rachel said.A melodious peel rang through the room Rachel turned to see an elderly woman in a white cheongsam top and black silk trousers playing a small silver xylophone by the stairs Ah, the dinner gong, Astrid said Come, lets eat.Astrid, how is it that you always seem to arrive just when the food is ready Nick remarked.Choco cake little Cassian muttered.No, Cassian, you already had your dessert, Astrid replied firmly.The crowd began to make a beeline for the stairs, passing the woman with the xylophone As they approached her, Nick gave the woman a big bear hug and exchanged a few words in Cantonese This is Ling Cheh, the woman who pretty much raised me from birth, he explained She has been with our family since 1948 Wah, nay gor nuay pang yau gum laeng, ah Faai di git fun Ling Cheh commented, grasping Rachels hand gently Nick grinned, blushing a little Rachel didnt understand Cantonese, so she just smiled, while Astrid quickly translated Ling Cheh just teased Nick about how pretty his lady friend is As they proceeded down the stairs, she whispered to Rachel, She also ordered him to marry you soon Rachel simply giggled.A buffet supper had been set up in the conservatory, an elliptical shaped room with dramatic frescoed walls of what appeared from a distance to be a dreamy, muted Oriental scene On closer inspection, Rachel noticed that while the mural did evoke classical Chinese mountainscapes, the details seemed to be pure Hieronymus Bosch, with strange, lurid flowers climbing up the walls and iridescent phoenixes and other fantastical creatures hiding in the shadows Three enormous round tables gleamed with silver chafing dishes, and arched doorways opened onto a curved colonnaded terrace where white wrought iron bistro tables lit with tall votives awaited the diners Cassian continued to squirm in Nicks arms, wailing even louder, I want choco cake I think what he really wants is S L E E P, his mother commented She tried to take her son back from Nick, but the child began to whimper.I sense a crying fit on the way Lets take him to the nursery, Nick offered Rachel, why dont you get started Well be back in a minute.Rachel marveled at the sheer variety of food that had been laid out One table was filled with Thai delicacies, another with Malaysian cuisine, and the last with classic Chinese dishes As usual, she was a bit at a loss when confronted with a huge buffet She decided to start one cuisine at a time and began at the Chinese table with a small helping of E fu noodles and seared scallops in ginger sauce She came upon a tray of exotic looking golden wafers folded into little top hats What in the world are these she wondered aloud.Thats kueh pie tee, a nyonya dish Little tarts filled with jicama, carrots, and shrimp Try one, a voice behind her said Rachel looked around and saw the dapper man in the white linen suit who had been sitting next to Nicks grandmother.He bowed in a courtly manner and introduced himself We never met properly Im Oliver Tsien, Nicks cousin Yet another Chinese relative with a British accent, but his sounded even plummier than the rest.Nice to meet you Im RachelYes, I know Rachel Chu, of Cupertino, Palo Alto, Chicago, and Manhattan You see, your reputation precedes you.Does it Rachel asked, trying not to sound too surprised.It certainly does, and I must say youre much fetching than I was led to believe.Really, by whom Oh, you know, the whispering gallery Dont you know how much the tongues have been wagging since youve arrived he said mischievously.I had no clue, Rachel said a little uneasily, walking out onto the terrace with her plate, looking for Nick or Astrid but not seeing them anywhere She noticed one of Nicks auntiesthe lady in the Chanel suitlooking toward her expectantly.Theres Dickie and Nancy, Oliver said Dont look nowI think theyre waving to you God help us Lets start our own table, shall we Before Rachel could answer, Oliver grabbed her plate from her hand and walked it over to a table at the far end of the terrace.Why are you avoiding them Rachel asked.Im not avoiding them Im helping you avoid them You can thank me later.Why Rachel pressed on.Well, first of all, they are insufferable name droppers, always going on and on about their latest cruise on Rupert and Wendis yacht or their lunch with some deposed European royal, and second, they arent exactly on your team.What team I didnt realize I was on any team.Well, like it or not, you are, and Dickie and Nancy are here tonight precisely to spy for the opposition.Spying Yes They mean to pick you apart like a rotting carcass and serve you up as an amuse bouche the next time theyre invited to dine in the Home Counties.Rachel had no idea what to make of his outlandish statement This Oliver seemed like a character straight out of an Oscar Wilde play Im not sure I follow, she finally said.Dont worry, you will Just give it another weekId peg you for a quick study.Rachel assessed Oliver for a minute He looked to be in his mid thirties, with short, meticulously combed hair and small round tortoiseshell glasses that only accentuated his longish face So how exactly are you related to Nick she asked There seem to be so many different branches of the family.Its really quite simple, actually There are three branchesthe Tsiens, the Youngs, and the Shangs Nicks grandfather James Young and my grandmother Rosemary Tsien are brother and sister You met her earlier tonight, if you recall You mistook her for Nicks grandmother.Yes, of course But that would mean that you and Nick are second cousins.Right But here in Singapore, since extended families abound, we all just say were cousins to avoid confusion None of that third cousins twice removed rubbish.So Dickie and Nancy are your uncle and aunt.Correct Dickie is my fathers older brother But you do know that in Singapore, anyone youre introduced to whos one generation older should be called Uncle or Auntie, eventhough they might not be related at all Its considered the polite thing.Well, shouldnt you be calling your relatives Uncle Dickie and Auntie Nancy then Technically, yes, but I personally feel that the honorific should be earned Dickie and Nancy have never given a flying fuck about me, so why should I bother Rachel raised her eyebrows Well, thanks for the crash course on the Tsiens Now, how about the third branch Ah yes, the Shangs.I dont think Ive met any of them yet.Well, none of them are here, of course Were not supposed to ever talk about them, but the imperial Shangs flee totheir grand country estates in England every April and stay until September, to avoid the hottest months But not to worry, I think my cousin Cassandra Shang will be back for the wedding next week, so you will get a chance to bask in her incandescence.Rachel grinned at his florid remarkthis Oliver was such a trip And how are they related exactly Heres where it gets interesting Pay attention So my grandmothers eldest daughter, Aunt Mabel Tsien, was married off to Nicks grandmothers younger brother Alfred Shang.Married off Does that mean it was an arranged marriage Yes, very much so, plotted by my grandfather Tsien Tsai Tay and Nicks great grandfather Shang Loong Ma Good thing they actually liked each other But it was quite a masterstroke, because it strategically bound together the Tsiens, the Shangs, and the Youngs.What for Rachel asked.Oh come on, Rachel, dont play the naf with me For the money, of course It joined together three family fortunes and kept everything neatly locked up.Whos getting locked up Are they finally locking you up, Ollie Nick said, as he approached the table with Astrid.They havent been able to pin anything on me yet, Nicholas, Oliver retorted He turned to Astrid and his eyes widened Holy Mary Mother of Tilda Swinton, look at those earrings Wherever did you get them Stephen Chias theyre VBH, Astrid said, knowing he would want to know who the designer was.Of course they are Only Bruce could have dreamed up something like that They must have cost at least half a million dollars I wouldnt have thought they were quite your style, but they do look fabulous on you Hmm you still can surprise me after all these years.You know I try, Ollie, I try.Rachel stared with renewed wonder at the earrings Did Oliver really say half a million dollars Hows Cassian doing she asked.It was a bit of a struggle at first, but now hell sleep till dawn, Astrid replied.And where is that errant husband of yours, Astrid Mr Bedroom Eyes Oliver asked.Michaels working late tonight.What a pity That company of his really keeps him toiling away, dont they Seems like ages since Ive seen MichaelIm beginning to take it quite personally Though the other day I could have sworn I saw him walking up Wyndham Street in Hong Kong with a little boy At first I thought it was Michael and Cassian, but then the little boy turned around and hewasnt nearly as cute as Cassian, so I knew I had to be hallucinating.Obviously, Astrid said as calmly as she could, feeling like she had just been punched in the gut Were you in Hong Kong before this, Ollie she asked, her brain furiously trying to ascertain whether Oliver had been in Hong Kong at the same time as Michaels last business trip.I was there last week Ive been shuttling between Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing for the past month for work Michael was supposedly in Shenzhen then He could have easily taken a train to Hong Kong, Astrid thought.Oliver is the Asian art and antiquities expert for Christies in London, Nick explained to Rachel.Yes, except that its no longer very efficient for me to be based in London The Asian art market is heating up like you wouldnt believe.I hear that every new Chinese billionaire is trying to get their hands on a Warhol these days, Nick remarked.Well, yes there are certainly quite a few wannabe Saatchis around, but Im dealing with the ones trying to buy back the great antiquities from European and American collectors Or, as they like to say, stuff stolen by the foreign devils, Oliver said.It wasnt truly stolen, was it Nick asked.Stolen, smuggled, sold off by philistines, isnt it all the same Whether the Chinese want to admit it or not, the true connoisseurship of Asian art was outside of China for much of the last century, so thats where a lot of the museum quality pieces ended upin Europe and America The demand was there The moneyed Chinese didnt really appreciate what they had With the exception of a few families, no one bothered tocollect Chinese art and antiquities, not with any real discernment, anyway They wanted to be modern and sophisticated, which meant emulating the Europeans Why, even in this house theres probably French art deco than there are Chinese pieces Thank God there are some fabulous signed Ruhlmann pieces, but if you think about it, its a pity that your great grandfather went mad for art deco when he could have been snapping up all the imperial treasures coming out of China.You mean the antiques that were in the Forbidden City Rachel asked.Absolutely Did you know that in 1913, the imperial family of China actually tried to sell their entire collection to the banker J P Morgan Oliver said.Come on Rachel was incredulous.Its true The family was so hard up, they were willing to let all of it go for four million dollars All the priceless treasures, collected over a span of five centuries Its quite a sensational storyMorgan received the offer by telegram, but he died a few days later Divine intervention was the only thing that prevented the most irreplaceable treasures of China from ending up in the Big Apple.Imagine if that had actually happened, Nick remarked, shaking his head.Yes indeed It would be a loss greater than the Elgin Marbles going to the British Museum But thankfully the tide has turned The Mainland Chinese are finally interested in buying back their own heritage, and they only want the best, Oliver said Which reminds me, Astridare you still looking for Huanghuali Because I know of an important Han dynasty puzzle table coming up for auction next week in HongKong Oliver turned to Astrid, noticing that she had a faraway look on her face Earth to Astrid Oh sorry, I got distracted for a moment, Astrid said, suddenly flustered You were saying something about Hong Kong These black and white amahs, nowadays a fast disappearing group in Singapore, are professional domestic servants who hailed from China They were usually confirmed spinsters who took vows of chastity and spent their entire lives caring for the families they served Quite often, they were the ones who actually raised the children They were known for their trademark uniform of white blouse and black pants, and their long hair that was always worn in a neat bun at the nape of the neck.A dizzily shopaholic comedy Wickedly delectable Offers refreshing nouveau voyeurism to readers who long ago burned out on American and English aspirational fantasies Hilarious Janet Maslin, The New York Times Its impossible not to get sucked into this satirical novel about the jet setting lives of an enormous busybody family and its infinite Louboutin collection Glamour Theres rich, theres filthy rich, and then theres crazy rich A Pride and Prejudice like send up People If this isnt the funniest book so far this year, its up there Kwan, who grew up in Singapore, skewers his subjects deftly, stylishly, and completelybut with heart The Denver Post Deliciously decadent This 48 karat beach read is crazy fun Read Crazy Rich Asians, on an exotic beach in super expensive sunglasses Entertainment Weekly An unputdownably funny, original, modern novel I actually couldn t put this book down to eat or to watch Downton Abbey.Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes Rachels squeaky clean naivet is a clever foil to the intricate workings of the high glamour Asian set around her Chinese on the outside but all American on the inside, she allows us to see the myriad nuances of intra Asian culture that the novel goes to great lengths to show.Tash Aw, NPR Rollicking A lively, generous story of shallow extravagance and human devotion The Boston Globe Original and fun, Crazy Rich Asians is quite a roller coaster trip I loved it Jackie Collins, author of The Power Trip Delightfully soapy Crazy Rich Asians eats its chiffon cake and has it too, simultaneously tut tutting many of its characters for their vapid materialism while reveling in the milieus sybaritic excess The Wall Street Journal As spicily adventurous andlusciouslysatisfying as the renowned Singaporean street foodKevinKwans characters argue over hot and sizzling, like the best satay, and dreamily transporting, like everyone s favorite dessert goreng pisang.Feast on this outrageously funny and insightful novel of modern manners, and enjoy Lisa See, author of Dreams of Joy and Shanghai Girls An instant favorite Opulence and zaniness reign O, The Oprah MagazineLike Dynasty on steroids with private jets, bigger houses, and a lot money.VanityFair.com Crazy Rich Asians IMDb Directed by Jon M Chu With Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel to Singapore meet her boyfriend s family Crazy Trilogy Kevin Kwan FREE shipping qualifying offers A hilarious and heartwarming York Times bestselling novel now major motion picture karat beach read is crazy fun Entertainment Weekly When agrees spend the summer in with film Wikipedia American comedy drama directed Chu, from screenplay Peter Chiarelli Adele Lim, of same name The 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