Counterfeit: A Reese's Book Club Pick
Author: Chen, Kirstin
Publication Date: 06/13/2023
Money can’t buy happiness… but it can buy a decent fake.
As a strait-laced Chinese American lawyer with a successful surgeon as a husband, a young son, and a beautiful home— Ava Wong’s built the perfect life. But beneath this façade, her world is crumbling: her marriage is falling apart, her expensive law degree hasn’t been used in years, and her toddler’s tantrums are pushing her to the breaking point.
Enter Winnie Fang, Ava’s enigmatic college roommate from Mainland China. After twenty years, Winnie is looking to reconnect with her old friend. But the shy, awkward girl Ava once knew has been replaced with a confident woman of the world, dripping in luxury goods, including a coveted Birkin in classic orange. The secret to her success? Winnie has developed an ingenious counterfeit scheme that involves importing near-exact replicas of luxury handbags. Now she needs someone with a U.S. passport to help manage her business—someone who’d never be suspected of wrongdoing, someone like Ava. But when their spectacular success is threatened and Winnie vanishes once again, Ava is left to face the consequences.
Swift, surprising, and sharply comic, Counterfeit is a stylish and feminist caper that interrogates the myth of the model minority through two unforgettable women determined to demand more from life.