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 royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia’s greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.
Kewin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, returns with a splendid albeit drama-filled and utterly hilarious third installment in his series.Picture this, Nick Young learns that his “beloved” grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed. He along with the rest of his family rush to her bedside, to try to place themselves in line for the family’s fortune. Tyersall’s Park is the grand price, the biggest privately owned land in Sinagapore at this time, totaling around 64 acres.
“At that moment, Professor Oon knew something must have happened to Shang Su Yi. Only the Shangs had the kind of influence to turn around a Singapore Airplane flight with four hundred forty passengers onboard.”
Kwan here does an excellent job at setting up an overview of the family’s influence and power, this sentence alone got me hooked to the entire story. With one well-crafted sentence he has managed to convince me and inform me about what kind of characters I am to expect that I’ll be dealing with. If that’s not masterful writing, than I don’t know what is.
In this sweeping multi-generational and multi-cultural story, the meaning of family and money problems takes on a whole new meaning. Kwan includes drama, scandal, gossip, love, loss, and forgiveness all into this volume.
One of my major problems was with the many multiple POVs. Usually I’m very wary of the execution that comes with this story of varying narrators. For the first pages of almost all the chapters, I felt very disoriented and had to take a hot second to figure out who was narrating. You would think that it would be the best idea to put the character that’s speaking name in big bold letters, but here we’ve instead have the title of each chapter as in the location. \
“You can act all self-righteous in front of me right now, but believe me, when it is all taken away, you won’t know what hit you. Doors that have been open to you all your life will suddenly be closed, because in everyone’s eye you are nothing without Tyersall Park.”
Because of quotes like these, I would have personally preferred if we had more sections with Nick and Rachel, because I felt like they were the only decent and reasonable people in the whole lot of this messy family. Instead the author continues to extend the plotlines of those who have meaningless quarrels (*cough*Kitty*cough*) when I feel like we could have had more substance with focusing on Nick and Rachel.
Kwan has a knack for weaving character and their stories into a rich inter-connected tapestry. Everyone on the family is not only related and connected to one another, but also each of their lives have the potential to profoundly impact others. And that’s what makes this book so powerful.
**Thanks to the publisher.**