Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
Think Gossip Girl meets Jane Austen. The New York Times’ Janet Maslin describes the book like so:
“Crazy Rich Asians” offers refreshing nouveau voyeurism to readers who long ago burned out on American and English aspirational fantasies. Mr. Kwan either knows, or does a good job of pretending to know, how the very rich of Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai show off their lucre. Since he is not spoilsport enough to bring moralizing into such a story, readers never need worry how the king of Thailand gave two live human beings, trained as lady’s maids, to the richest old Singaporean granny in the book.
According to the Hollywood Reporter*, Kwan’s book was one of the “industry’s most hotly pursued titles”, mainly due to its potential appeal for both Chinese and American audiences. It will likely be co-financed with an Asian (presumably Chinese) production company, allowing the film to skip around SARFT’s cap on Hollywood films in China.
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*Worth clicking that link for, if nothing else, the slightly deranged photo of producer Nina Jacobson chosen to illustrate the story.