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    "Chen keeps readers on the edge of their seats as she weaves an addictive tale about the high/low world of counterfeit luxury handbags . . . A glittering, provocative read."—JANICE Y.K. LEE, New York Times bestselling author of The Expatriates

    "Sly and thoroughly compelling . . . Chen's ingenious plot will keep you breathless to the last page."—CLAIRE MESSUD, New York Times bestselling author of The Burning Girl

    For fans of Hustlers and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, the story of two Asian American women who band together to grow a counterfeit handbag scheme into a global enterprise—an incisive and glittering blend of fashion, crime, and friendship from the author of Bury What We Cannot Take and Soy Sauce for Beginners.

    Money can’t buy happiness...but it can buy a decent fake.

    Ava Wong has always played it safe. As a strait-laced, rule-abiding Chinese American lawyer with a successful surgeon as a husband, a young son, and a beautiful home—she’s built the perfect life. But beneath this façade, Ava’s world is crumbling: her marriage is falling apart, her expensive law degree hasn’t been used in years, and her toddler’s tantrums are pushing her to the breaking point.

    Enter Winnie Fang, Ava’s enigmatic college roommate from Mainland China, who abruptly dropped out under mysterious circumstances. Now, 20 years later, Winnie is looking to reconnect with her old friend. But the shy, awkward girl Ava once knew has been replaced with a confident woman of the world, dripping in luxury goods, including a coveted Birkin in classic orange. The secret to her success? Winnie has developed an ingenious counterfeit scheme that involves importing near-exact replicas of luxury handbags and now she needs someone with a US passport to help manage her business—someone who’d never be suspected of wrongdoing, someone like Ava. But when their spectacular success is threatened and Winnie vanishes once again, Ava is left to face the consequences.

    Swift, surprising, and sharply comic, Counterfeit is a stylish and feminist caper with a strong point of view and an axe to grind. Peering behind the curtain of the upscale designer storefronts and the Chinese factories where luxury goods are produced, Kirstin Chen interrogates the myth of the model minority through two unforgettable women determined to demand more from life.

    ©2022 Kirstin Chen (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 14/06/2022

    Loved the characters

    I fell in love with the characters and felt for them as they were trying to just provide for their families. The descriptions of the bags were amazing like I could reach out and touch them or smell them! could not stop listening. Listen if. you want to be taken on a journey of passion and family values

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    • Anthony Roberts
    • 04/07/2022

    Loved this story and the characters

    Just when you think you know exactly what is going on....Think Again!

    Highly Recommend

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    • Linda Lofton
    • 29/06/2022

    Great storyline!

    Keeps you wondering if this could really happen! And I keep thinking what was wrong with Ollie as a husband?

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    • Emma Velasco Alvelais
    • 28/06/2022

    Funny

    Fun and great summer book. Friendship among old friends and family members disagreements.
    You will never see a real designer purse the same way

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    • Mary Castillo, best selling mystery author
    • 22/06/2022

    Loved this sly story of ambition

    I couldn't put it down! Narrator Catherine Ho delivers a memorable performance. Characters Winnie and Ava are reminiscent of Thelma and Louise.

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    • Lori Kaplan
    • 17/06/2022

    Fun to listen to

    Enjoyed the story and narrator!! My only edit would be to drop all the metaphors and similes. Author didn’t need them, her writing was very clear without them they got annoying lol

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    • michal
    • 08/08/2022

    Fun!

    enjoyable friendship story with an edge. Liked the characters, would only give more thought to the way motherhood is handled.

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    • ruka
    • 12/07/2022

    a great snapshot into toxic chinese upbringing

    Parts I enjoyed - The monologue of the main character was done nicely, Just the right dash of unreliable without being completely unhinged. It presented a good snapshot into how it felt growing up in a toxic chinese household obsessed with grades. The story wasn't anything mindblowing, but i think it's more of a character-focused book anyway.

    Parts I didn't enjoy - While someone who's only broadly Asian American or otherwise has no connection to the specific cultural background of the main character might not notice, as someone who is more knowledgeable about the city - the author's portrayal of a Hong Kong family and culture seemed pretty inauthentic to me. It seemed only surface-level chinese and not specifically Hong Kong. For example, nobody in Hong Kong will dress children up in red for a great-grandmother's birthday dinner - it's done in SE Asia, but in Hong Kong this would be incredibly tacky. Plus, with Ava's parents supposedly being from Hong Kong - it's highly unlikely that Ava would grow up speaking Mandarin or even expect her mother to teach her son Mandarin. If anything, her mother would have mediocre Mandarin at best.

    Sure enough, when I looked it up, the author grew up in Singapore - explaining her complete lack of understanding about HK family culture and her emphasis on Mandarin. Maybe some research would've been nice? Especially if your character bases a lot of her cultural identity on the city - it seems to me that the author might be better off basing her character's family on Singapore or China instead.

    The narrator was fine but not great. I found her a bit emotionless, and she over-pronounced all the Chinese words, you would think she got paid more per Chinese word. We get it, you're chinese, can we move on then? It got a bit grating after a while. And it's not like she made an effort to differentiate the different character dialogues, either. No accents or any change in tone or pitch at all.

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    • Molly
    • 11/07/2022

    Story isn’t believable

    Performance was well done but the story was pretty weak IMO. I’ll stick with my murder mysteries!

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    • Joan Bindel
    • 14/06/2022

    Not one I will recommend.

    I did not enjoy this book. Chapter after chapter it just felt like it’s story being told with a weak plot. No surprises, nothing to hold my attention or make me want more.

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