Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan audiobook

Sarong Party Girls: A Novel

By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
Read by Angela Lin

William Morrow, HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780062448965
11.32 Hours Unabridged
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A brilliant and utterly engaging novel—Emma set in modern Asia—about a young woman’s rise in the glitzy, moneyed city of Singapore, where old traditions clash with heady modern materialism. On the edge of twenty-seven, Jazzy hatches a plan for her and her best girlfriends: Sher, Imo, and Fann. Before the year is out, these Sarong Party Girls will all have spectacular weddings to rich ang moh—Western expat—husbands, with Chanel babies (the cutest status symbols of all) quickly to follow. Razor-sharp, spunky, and vulgarly brand-obsessed, Jazzy is a determined woman who doesn't lose. As she fervently pursues her quest to find a white husband, this bombastic yet tenderly vulnerable gold-digger reveals the contentious gender politics and class tensions thrumming beneath the shiny exterior of Singapore’s glamorous nightclubs and busy streets, its grubby wet markets and seedy hawker centers. Moving through her colorful, stratified world, she realizes she cannot ignore the troubling incongruity of new money and old-world attitudes which threaten to crush her dreams. Desperate to move up in Asia’s financial and international capital, will Jazzy and her friends succeed? Vividly told in Singlish—colorful Singaporean English with its distinctive cadence and slang—Sarong Party Girls brilliantly captures the unique voice of this young, striving woman caught between worlds. With remarkable vibrancy and empathy, Cheryl Tan brings not only Jazzy, but her city of Singapore, to dazzling, dizzying life.

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Summary

Summary

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A BookRiot Pick of New Books for July 2016 

A brilliant and utterly engaging novel—Emma set in modern Asia—about a young woman’s rise in the glitzy, moneyed city of Singapore, where old traditions clash with heady modern materialism.

On the edge of twenty-seven, Jazzy hatches a plan for her and her best girlfriends: Sher, Imo, and Fann. Before the year is out, these Sarong Party Girls will all have spectacular weddings to rich ang moh—Western expat—husbands, with Chanel babies (the cutest status symbols of all) quickly to follow. Razor-sharp, spunky, and vulgarly brand-obsessed, Jazzy is a determined woman who doesn't lose.

As she fervently pursues her quest to find a white husband, this bombastic yet tenderly vulnerable gold-digger reveals the contentious gender politics and class tensions thrumming beneath the shiny exterior of Singapore’s glamorous nightclubs and busy streets, its grubby wet markets and seedy hawker centers. Moving through her colorful, stratified world, she realizes she cannot ignore the troubling incongruity of new money and old-world attitudes which threaten to crush her dreams. Desperate to move up in Asia’s financial and international capital, will Jazzy and her friends succeed?

Vividly told in Singlish—colorful Singaporean English with its distinctive cadence and slang—Sarong Party Girls brilliantly captures the unique voice of this young, striving woman caught between worlds. With remarkable vibrancy and empathy, Cheryl Tan brings not only Jazzy, but her city of Singapore, to dazzling, dizzying life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Utterly irresistible…Tan is saying something profound and insightful about the place of women in our globalized, capitalized, interconnected world.” Ruth Ozeki, New York Times bestselling author
“Tan offers a fascinating insight into Singapore’s club scene and social castes, and she does so in an irreverent, likable voice made more notable for its patois, Singlish—the unique mix of English, Malay, Mandarin, Hokkien, Teochew, and more…A rowdy tale, memorable language, and a very distinctive protagonist.” Kirkus Reviews
“Angela Lin’s command of Singlish—English as spoken in Singapore—showcases her skills as a narrator. Not only does she establish characters and create a strong atmosphere, but she does so in a patois that draws heavily from several other languages. Yet everything makes perfect sense, thanks to her spot-on delivery.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Author Bio: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a New York-based journalist and author of A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food & Family. She is the editor of the fiction anthology Singapore Noir. She was a staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, In Style magazine and the Baltimore Sun. Her stories have also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and others.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English