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Summary

Hustlers meets Big Little Lies in the heist of the summer....

Meet Ava: rule-abiding lawyer who has ticked all of life’s boxes. She’s married to a successful surgeon and has just taken an indefinite career break to raise her adorable toddler. A picture-perfect life.

Meet Winnie: Ava’s old college roommate. Once awkward, quiet and apparently academically challenged, she left Stanford in a shroud of scandal. But now, she is charismatic, wealthy and has returned to town dripping in designer accessories. An actual perfect life.

When the two women bump into one another at a local coffee shop, it seems like fate has intervened: Winnie’s new-found success is courtesy of a shady business and she needs a favour; Ava is realising she is not built for the stay-at-home life. But what starts as one favour turns into two, then three, and soon Ava is in far deeper than she ever imagined. 

Now Ava has to make the ultimate decision: cut and run, or risk it all?

©2022 Kirstin Chen (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"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...innovative and subversive." (New York Times)

"Riveting and energetic…Chen deftly guides readers through the exploits of old friends Ava and Winnie while also exploring the intricacies of friendship, class, culture and survival." (Balli Kaur Jaswal, acclaimed author of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows)

"Sly and thoroughly compelling…Chen's ingenious plot will keep you breathless to the last page." (Claire Messud, New York Times best-selling author of The Burning Girl)

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If you love handbags this book is for you!

I think this book was wasted on me as l don’t know a LV from a Sainsbury carrier bag but it doesn’t hi light the obscene conditions children work in to satisfy greedy rich women. It’s all just a food chain!

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interesting story with a few twists and turns. Likeable characters and very tongue in cheek at times. Short and therefore not deep, but enjoyable.

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counterfeit

love love love! I really enjoyed this book, although fiction, clearly it was well researched. The narrators voice, for me, was spot on. Only criticism , the end came to quick, hope you enjoy.

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Just the novel I was looking for, funny and unpredictable. Really liked all the characters too

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Like having to listen to that neighbour who won’t stop talking about minutae that nobody cares about

There’s nothing interesting or well written or anything at all, besides the maybe curious story about replica handbags which could have been summarised in three pages. The rest is just rambling about menial, logistic, mundane life stuff that’s just so so boring, like the kind of stuff your older relatives would nag about… I keep waiting for it to “happen” and it never did. I don’t understand why we are given so much random information about nothing. It’s just terrible!

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Great speaker. Very quick enjoyable listen. I didn’t particularly warm to any characters though. Also story wasn’t gripping enough.