Weekend Reading

I love the title of this book, Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan. I know immediately that everything within the pages of this book is going to be dripping in diamonds and designer clothes.
Kevin is known for his other novels, China Rich Girlfriend and Crazy Rich Asians which got amazing reviews.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake a claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.
As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by her ex-husband—a man hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile, Kitty Pong, married to China’s second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new step-daughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong’s most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan’s hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families and their rich people problems.
Wow. This is a debut novel that grabs you from page one and doesn’t let you go. Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell is a fantastic book. You know when the incredibly talented Caroline Leavitt gives your book a quote on the front cover, that it’s going to be good!
Here’s the synopsis:

From her cruel, beautiful mother, a woman receives an inheritance of debts, complications, threats, and secrets to unravel.

“My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man’s child, she accepted.”
Thus begins this riveting story of a woman’s quest to understand her recently deceased mother, a glamorous, cruel narcissist who left her only child, Elsie, an inheritance of debts and mysteries. While coping with threats that she suspects are coming from the cult-like spiritual program her mother belonged to, Elsie works to unravel the message her dying mother left for her, a quest that ultimately takes her to the South African family homestead she never knew existed.
This week I was in a little reading slump so when I began Mothers and Other Strangers and liked it immediately, I was so relieved! There’s nothing worse for a dedicated reader than not being able to sink into a great story!
This book is due out in May so mark your calenders!

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