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Counterfeit: A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and New York Times BESTSELLER - the most exciting and addictive heist novel you’ll read this summer!

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Once I’d finished reading I did question who between the characters was genuine and was telling the truth and who like the counterfeit handbags was completely fake. A startling, gleeful look at the American Dream and what counts as real in a world obsessed with image, this caper story follows two very different Chinese American women as they build a fake fashion empire that then threatens to come crashing down. She was therefore vulnerable when Winnie, once a ‘fobby’ (denouncing her as fresh off the boat) now beautiful, confident and wealthy, blackmailed Ava into becoming involved in the business of importing and selling counterfeit luxury goods.

No surprise that the sly feminist caper was the subject of a fierce eight-way bidding war for TV rights. As a strait-laced, rule-abiding Chinese American lawyer with a successful surgeon as a husband, a young son, and a beautiful home—she’s built the perfect life. And also I am a person who stopped practicing law not long after becoming a mom and who had to acknowledge that I did not want to be a lawyer for reasons having nothing to do with being a parent. I love to read and review various genres with a focus on contemporary fiction, historical fiction with some mysteries/thrillers and also select nonfiction and memoirs.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. This was a fun story from the perspectives of two very different young women and that, perhaps, is how it should be. If you enjoy reading descriptions of luxury handbags and the rarer, more expensive finishes, you will delight in reading some parts of the text. Halfway through, one might assume this novel’s most pressing question is whether Ava will get away with her misdeeds.

Confessions are inherently unreliable because the speaker has a clear agenda – to prove her innocence and hopefully go free – so readers understand from the get-go that she’s not entirely trustworthy, even if they don’t yet grasp to what extent. It is hard in one story to take on the patriarchy, the invisibility of Asian women in the US, American exceptionalism, inauthentic authenticity (see e. In this clever caper (with TV rights already optioned), two Asian American women start a lucrative business selling counterfeit luxury handbags.

Had this book been longer I feel these topics could have been touched upon even more and ultimately expanded on. Winnie asks Ava for a favour involving her counterfeit luxury handbag trade, but soon the “favours” turn more frequent and Ava finds herself caught in the shady activities. Let me tell you something, there’s a glorious twist right in the middle of the novel that completely changes the energy and direction of this book.

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