Counterfeit

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What to expect

HUSTLERS meets BIG LITTLE LIES in the heist of the summer

‘Propulsive and captivating’ Vogue

Meet Ava: rule-abiding lawyer who has ticked all of life’s boxes. She’s married to a successful surgeon and has just taken an indefinite career break to raise her adorable toddler. A picture-perfect life.

Meet Winnie: Ava’s old college roommate. Once awkward, quiet and apparently academically challenged, she left Stanford in a shroud of scandal. But now, she is charismatic, wealthy and has returned to town dripping in designer accessories. An actual perfect life.

When the two women bump into one another at a local coffee shop, it seems like fate has intervened: Winnie’s new-found success is courtesy of a shady business and she needs a favour; Ava is realising she is not built for the stay-at-home life. But what starts as one favour turns into two, then three, and soon Ava is in far deeper than she ever imagined.

Now Ava has to make the ultimate decision: cut and run, or risk it all?

‘Entertaining, luxurious … innovative and subversive’ NEW YORK TIMES

’Riveting and energetic’ BALLI KAUR JASWAL

’Clever, sharp, and slyly funny’ KIRKUS REVIEWS

’Will keep you breathless to the last page’ CLAIRE MESSUD

’Sly, subversive … incisive’ BOOKLIST

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NetGalley readers LOVE Counterfeit

‘One of the best books I’ve read all year’ * * * * *
‘Gripping … ingenious’ * * * * *
‘Amusing, addictive story that kept me reading all night’ * * * * *
‘Mysterious, suspenseful and twisty … had me on the edge of my seat’ * * * * * *
‘Fresh, observant and somehow … an incredible story without a wasted word’ * * * * *
‘I absolutely loved this book … highly recommend’ * * * * *
‘Devoured this in a night or two … funny, sad and eye-opening’ * * * * *
‘This book refused to allow me to put it down!’ * * * * *
‘Amusing, addictive … kept me reading all night’ * * * * *

Critics Review

  • PRAISE for Counterfeit:

    Counterfeit is an entertaining, luxurious read — but beneath its glitz and flash, it is also a shrewd deconstruction of the American dream and the myth of the model minority … innovative and subversive’ New York Times

    ‘Clever, sharp, and slyly funny … A delightfully different caper novel with a Gone Girl–style plot twist’ Kirkus Reviews

    ‘Riveting and energetic … Chen deftly guides readers through the exploits of old friends Ava and Winnie while also exploring the intricacies of friendship, class, culture, and survival’ Balli Kaur Jaswal, acclaimed author of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

    ‘Sly and thoroughly compelling … Chen’s ingenious plot will keep you breathless to the last page’ Claire Messud, New York Times bestselling author of The Burning Girl

    ‘Sly and subversive, an examination of motherhood and an incisive look at culture and class’ Booklist starred review

    Counterfeit is decadent and delicious … A true delight for mind and heart from beginning to end’ Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of Searching for Sylvie Lee

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