How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia:

A Novel

A 2013 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year

A Huffington Post Best Book of 2013

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book in 2013 in Fiction

A 2013 BookPage Best Book

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013 in Fiction

A New York Times Bestseller

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

A Washington Post Bestseller

An NPR Bestseller

A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013

A Barnes & Noble Best Book, March 2013

Selected for the March 2013 Indie Next List

From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy’s quest for wealth and love

In his first two novels, Mohsin Hamid established himself as a radically inventive storyteller with his finger on the world’s pulse. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia meets that reputation—and exceeds it. An astonishing and riveting tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over “rising Asia.” The novel follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. His heart remains set on something else, however—a pretty girl whose star rises along with his, their paths crossing and recrossing, a lifelong affair sparked and snuffed and sparked again by the forces that careen their fates along.

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a striking slice of contemporary life at a time of crushing upheaval. Romantic without being sentimental, political without being didactic, and spiritual without being religious, the novel brings an unflinching gaze to the violence and hope it depicts. And it creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change.

Editorial Reviews

“Mohsin Hamid is one of the best writers in the world, period.”

Ben Fountain, New York Times bestselling author

“This brilliantly structured, deeply felt book is written with the confidence and bravura of a man born to write…Completely unforgettable.”

Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author

“As timely and timeless a novel as I’ve read in years.”

Jay McInerney, New York Times bestselling author

“A spectacular satirical romp about one young man’s rise from poverty to corporate success. The author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist has created another, equally unique venture into human nature and modern culture.”

Barnes & Noble, editorial review (editor’s recommendation)

“With How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Mr. Hamid reaffirms his place as one of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers.”

New York Times

“Extraordinarily clever.”

Washington Post

“A joyously barbed satire on entrepreneurialism and the juggernaut of globalization…[It] will be one of the standout novels of the year.”

Guardian (London)

“An astonishing and riveting tale.”

Nation

“Brilliant…His storytelling is both timeless and contemporary.”

Newsday

“Hamid’s novel proves that the most compelling fiction today is coming from South Asia.”

Daily Beast

“A globalized version of The Great Gatsby…[Hamid’s] book is nearly that good.”

NPR

“A marvelous book.”

Philip Pullman, award–winning author of The Golden Compass

“Hamid offers a subtle and rich look at the social realities of developing countries, including corruption, poverty, and how economic development affects daily life from top to bottom.”

Publishers Weekly

“Hamid always manages to nail the realities of the culturally seismic post-9/11 world.”

Library Journal

Author Biography

Mohsin Hamid’s first novel, Moth Smoke, won the Betty Trask Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Prize, while his second, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a bestseller in the United States and abroad, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Hamid contributes to Time, New York Times, and Washington Post, among others. He lives in Lahore, Pakistan.

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Reader Biography

Mohsin Hamid’s first novel, Moth Smoke, won the Betty Trask Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Prize, while his second, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a bestseller in the United States and abroad, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Hamid contributes to Time, New York Times, and Washington Post, among others. He lives in Lahore, Pakistan.

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