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Sarong Party Girls

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – August 2019
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.
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ISBN-13: 9781911630302
ISBN-10: 191163030X
Pagini: 308
Dimensiuni: 130 x 198 x 22 mm
Greutate: 0.23 kg
Colecția Allen & Unwin

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A sensational and utterly engaging novel about a young woman’s rise in the glitzy, moneyed city of Singapore, where old traditions clash with modern materialism
On the edge of twenty-seven, Jazzy hatches a plan for her and her best girlfriends. Before the year is out, these Sarong Party Girls will all have spectacular weddings to expat ang moh—Caucasian—husbands, with Chanel babies (half-white children—the ultimate status symbol) quickly to follow.
Razor-sharp, spunky, and cheerfully brand-obsessed, Jazzy is a woman who plays to win. As she fervently pursues her quest to find the right husband, this driven 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 crowded hawker centers. Moving through her colorful, stratified world, she realizes she cannot ignore the troubling incongruity of new money and old-world attitudes that threaten to crush her dreams. Can Jazzy use her cunning and good looks to rise up the ladder in Asia’s international capital?
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 and brings her city of Singapore to dazzling, dizzying life.


“Utterly irresistible….I fell in love with Jazzy’s fresh, exuberant voice and trenchant wit. In her debut novel, Tan is saying something profound and insightful about the place of women in our globalized, capitalized, interconnected world.”
“In Singapore, this satirical novel of predatory beauties would be regarded as deeply subversive-for the rest of us, and anyone familiar with the life in that little island city-state, it is hilarious and original.”
“Scarlett O’Hara would have met her match in Jazeline Lim, the brazen, striving, yet ultimately vulnerable heroine of this bold debut novel.”
“Wildly original, daring, hilarious, and heartbreaking in equal measure—Sarong Party Girls is written in a unqiue and captivating voice unlike any I’ve read before. The unforgettable Jazzy will seduce you with her no-holds-barred account of what it’s like to be young and female in modern-day Singapore”
“Through the insouciant voice of her heroine, Tan delivers a stinging and deliciously subversive critique of Singapore’s patriarchal social system. You’ll be so busy laughing at Jazzy’s outrageous cheek, you won’t notice until it’s too late that your heart has been broken.”
“Darkly funny, Sarong Party Girls is one very determined woman’s journey through modern Singapore, an intoxicating crossroads of culture, money, and ambition. Her voice is utterly new and engaging, bringing her world to vivid life from the first sentence.”