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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan tells the story of an economics professor named Rachel Chu and her boyfriend, Nick, a history professor. Both work in New York City and live modest lives, but unbeknownst to Rachel, Nick comes from a wildly rich and powerful family in Singapore, a fact she finds out when she accompanies him there to attend his friend’s wedding. Before they leave for Singapore, however, Nick’s mother learns that her son is bringing home his girlfriend, who she knows to be middle-class and believes to be a gold-digger. She hires a private investigator to follow Rachel, determined to destroy their relationship.

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When Nick and Rachel arrive in Singapore, Rachel is subjected to horrible treatment by Nick’s family and friends. Moreover, Nick’s mother, through her private investigator, has uncovered dark secrets from Rachel’s past that she divulges to Rachel in an attempt to show that she is an unsuitable wife for someone of Nick’s stature. Thus, Rachel learns that her father is not dead, as she was led to believe, but in jail. She also learns that the man she believed to be her father is not, and that her mother is wanted for kidnapping. Finally, Rachel’s mother comes forward and tells Rachel the story she has kept from her for many years. Rachel bonds with her mother and eventually with Nick, who had nothing to do with the cruel actions of his crazy family.

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