Book Club – Five Star Billionaire

Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw is our Book Club book of the week…

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Man Booker nominee Tash Aw‘s Five Star Billionaire charts the overlapping lives of migrant Malaysian workers, forging lives for themselves in sprawling Shanghai. Justin is from a family of property developers. Phoebe has come to China buoyed with hope, but her dreams are shattered within hours as the job she has come for seems never to have existed. Gary is a successful pop star, but his fans disappear after a bar-room brawl. Yinghui has businesses that are going well but must make hard decisions about her personal life. And then there is Walter, the shadowy billionaire, ruthless and manipulative, ultimately alone in the world. Five Star Billionaire is one of the most transportive, absorbing and assured novels we’ve read in some time.


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