- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (July 12, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006244896X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062448965
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,108,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sarong Party Girls: A Novel Hardcover – July 12, 2016
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“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” (John Searles, bestselling author of Help for the Haunted and Strange but True)
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“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.” (Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Treasure)
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A sensational and utterly engaging novel—Breakfast at Tiffany’s 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
On the edge of twenty-seven, Jazzy hatches a plan for her and her best girlfriends: Sher, Imo, and Fann. 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 threatens 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. With remarkable vibrancy and empathy, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan brings not only Jazzy, but her city of Singapore, to dazzling, dizzying life.
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It is a reminder of all my days and nights in Singapore (the +65). The antics and stories that the primary character, Jazzy, describe are spot on. Spot on for Singapore 2 years ago. From description's of Harry's Bar, to the talking cock about the 4 Floor's of Whore's (Orchard Towers), Club Street, Chicken Rice Stalls, KTV, Clark and Boat Quay etc. This book accurately describes what is a typical lifestyle for foreigners (ang moh's), and the local women that seek out these Men... the SPG.
I personally couldn't stop laughing. There were some moment's that belong in like a sequel to Mean Girls. My favourite quote was where Jazzy realized the flowers could smell like perfume. Think about that statement.
Local Boys, Ah Bengs. Local G - Ah Lians. The overbearing nagging Singapore Mother splitting her sentences in Hokkein and Teoh Chew dialect.
Everything was a reminder of my time in Singapore. Even if you're not Singaporean, and even if you know little to no Singlish, you will get the gist of the language and the book as you read it.
Everyone is an Uncle or Auntie in Singapore. Or their your Bruddah.
At one point, I actually felt I could relate to a side character, an Ah Beng named Seng. Chases Jazzy, the primary character. Loves her, but gets no where.