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Top 7 Books for Fans of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Get Crazy About

Crazy Rich Asians, the movie adaptation of the novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, is emerging as the # 1 movie at the box office this summer. The movie has helped push Asian culture and diversity into the spotlight due to its familiar themes of cultural expectations, family, and loyalty.


It is creating a surge of interest from its audience that makes them crave for more after the movie. After hanging with the cast of Crazy Rich Asians in the beautiful country of Singapore, run to your nearest bookstore and dive into a book that will feed your hunger for your appreciation for authors of Asian descent. 




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1. The Windfall by Diksha Basu


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Published in 2017, the story focuses on Mr. and Mrs. Jha who, for the past thirty years, are complacent in their humble yet cramped living quarters. However, when Mr. Jha come into an enormous amount of money, their wholes lives are changed as they plummet into the new world of the high society that puts their pride and family on the line.



2. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata



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Awkward and strange, Convenience Store Woman follows the life of thirty-six-year-old Keiko Furukura who has dedicated her life to working at her local convenience store. Single (never had a boyfriend) and not living up to societal and her family’s expectations, she finds herself to be a bit of disappointment. When she encounters the cynical and bitter new male employee, she finds that her comfortable way of life will be completely flipped upside down by this new arrivals presence.



3. The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar


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Rich, poor, abused and loss. Two women, different societal status, a middle-class housewife and her maid, share an achingly deep bond with one another as both struggle to support each other through abuse, poverty, shame, and despair. Thrity Umrigar delves into their lives, showcasing that though they are separate from each other based on the views of society and wealth, they share the same pain and lean on each other through the worst times.



4. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee



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A shy and vulnerable daughter of a fisherman, Sunja becomes the favorite of an older man, they quickly bond and their relationship become intimate which leads her to be pregnant. After finding out the older man is a married Yakuza, she decides she will not be bought and to prevent bringing shame down upon her family, she is offered marriage by a generous Christian minister who brings her to Japan.



5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


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An unlikely relationship between a wealthy young boy and an outcast blossoms but is tested as the pressures of the caste systems threatens to break them apart. Through acts of betrayal and cowardice, the boys are forced apart until fate brings them together a year later in an act of secrets, heartbreak and death.



6. Out by Natsuo Kirino



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Fed up with her dead-end life, a boxed lunch factory worker murders her gambling husband one night sending her family’s lives into a violent crime world. Trying to dodge the detectives and their inquiries, they try to make best of the life they have been thrown into.



7. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang 



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Fitting in has never been so hard especially when Jin moves into a new neighborhood and is the only Chinese-American there. Constantly targeted for bullying and teasing, he finds himself being stretched in three different directions that questions who is as a person, who he wants to be and whether he can still remain the way he is.


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