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From Tash Aw, an expansive, eye-opening novel that captures the vibrancy of China today.

Full Synopsis
Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job—but when she arrives she discovers that the job doesn't exist. Gary is a country boy turned pop star who is spinning out of control. Justin is in Shanghai to expand his family's real estate empire, only to find that he might not be up to the task. He has long harbored a crush on Yinghui, a poetry-loving, left-wing activist who has reinvented herself as a successful Shanghai businesswoman. Yinghui is about to make a deal with the shadowy Walter Chao, the five star billionaire of the novel, who with his secrets and his schemes has a hand in the lives of each of the characters. All bring their dreams and hopes to Shanghai, the shining symbol of the New China, which, like the novel's characters, is constantly in flux and which plays its own fateful role in the lives of its inhabitants.

Five Star Billionaire is a dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel that offers rare insight into the booming world of Shanghai, a city of elusive identities and ever-changing skylines, of grand ambitions and outsize dreams. Bursting with energy, contradictions, and the promise of possibility, Tash Aw's remarkable new book is both poignant and comic, exotic and familiar, cutting-edge and classic, suspenseful and yet beautifully unhurried.

"A literary victory. . . . Aw moves fluidly between past and present, creating a multilayered narrative about chasing, catching, and sometimes losing elusive opportunities." ---Library Journal Starred Review

"In Five Star Billionaire, Mr. Aw has achieved something remarkable." ---The Wall Street Journal

"Dean's dispassionate narration
matches the novel's noir mood and urban setting. . . . [His] rich baritone
draws listeners into this provocative novel." ---Booklist Audio Review

"Robertson Dean's serious baritone is the right choice for narrating this story of four relatively recent arrivals to Shanghai who are variously in search of success, love, and escape from the past." ---AudioFile
Library Journal Review

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Five Star Billionaire

Author Tash Aw

Narrated by Robertson Dean

Publication date Sep 30, 2013

Running time 15 hrs 3 min

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