• Counterfeit

    by Kirstin Chen
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Kirstin Chen at Harvard Book Store

presents

Counterfeit:
A Novel

in conversation with JULIE CARRICK DALTON

Date

Jun
21
Tuesday
June 21, 2022
7:00 PM ET

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes KRISTIN CHEN— award-winning, bestselling author of Bury What We Cannot Take and Soy Sauce for Beginners—for a discussion of her new novel Counterfeit. She will be joined in conversation by JULIE CARRICK DALTON, author of Waiting for the Night Song.

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About Counterfeit

Money can’t buy happiness… but it can buy a decent fake.

Ava Wong has always played it safe. As a strait-laced, rule-abiding Chinese American lawyer with a successful surgeon as a husband, a young son, and a beautiful home—she’s built the perfect life. But beneath this façade, Ava’s 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, who abruptly dropped out under mysterious circumstances. Now, twenty years later, 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 and 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 with a strong point of view and an axe to grind. Peering behind the curtain of the upscale designer storefronts and the Chinese factories where luxury goods are produced, Kirstin Chen interrogates the myth of the model minority through two unforgettable women determined to demand more from life.

Praise for Counterfeit

Counterfeit is decadent and delicious. The sparkling storyline seduces with its compelling twists and turns even as Kirstin Chen deftly interrogates issues of race, identity, wealth and consumerism. A true delight for mind and heart from beginning to end.” —Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of Searching for Sylvie Lee

"Sly and thoroughly compelling, Kirstin Chen's Counterfeit illuminates the world of fake designer handbags, as ruthless adventuress Winnie and her upstanding former college roommate Ava build an illicit business out of bravado and lies. Nothing is as it seems, and Chen's ingenious plot will keep you breathless to the last page." —Claire Messud, New York Times bestselling author of The Burning Girl

Counterfeit is a riveting and energetic novel about a world that so many of us encounter but rarely understand beyond the surface. 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

Julie Carrick Dalton
Julie Carrick Dalton

Julie Carrick Dalton

Julie Carrick Dalton’s debut novel Waiting for the Night Song was named to Most Anticipated book lists by CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, Parade, Buzzfeed, and others. A Tin House, Bread Loaf, and GrubStreet Novel Incubator alum, her writing has appeared in Orion Magazine, The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, and other publications. Julie is a frequent speaker and workshop leader on the topic of fiction in the age of climate crisis, and she farms a piece of land in rural New Hampshire. Her second novel, The Last Beekeeper, will be released on March 14, 2023.

Kirstin Chen
Kirstin Chen

Kirstin Chen

Kirsten Chen is the award-winning, best-selling author of three novels: Counterfeit, Bury What We Cannot Take—named a best book of the season by Harper’s Bazaar and InStyle—and Soy Sauce for Beginners. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco and in Ashland University’s Low-Residency MFA Program. Born and raised in Singapore, she lives in San Francisco.

Photo Credit: Sarah Deragon

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