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

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Five-Star Billionaire, Mr. Aw has achieved something remarkable.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “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)

  • “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

  • “Dean’s dispassionate narration matches the novel’s noir mood and urban setting…[His] rich baritone draws listeners into this provocative novel.”

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About the Author

Tash Aw is the author of Map of the Invisible World and The Harmony Silk Factory, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Novel and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His other honors include the inaugural M Literary Residency Prize and an O. Henry Award. Tash lives in London.