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The Japanese Lover
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende (Other Fiction)
Oh, what a satisfying read this was! I love this book! Set primarily in San Francisco, the story goes back and forth in time. The main characters are Alma, an aging artist living in a quirky retirement home, and Irina, her assistant. There are plot twists that feel more like the reveals when a multi-colored flower opens: startling yet just right. -- Added by Hope on 02/02/2016

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Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Humor)
This is so funny and addictive! I listened to the audiobook in my car and spent half a day just driving around so that I could finish listening to it. Rachel Chu is an economics professor in New York City. Her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, invites her to go home with him to Singapore for a friend's wedding. He is clueless about the fact that his obscenely wealthy family and friends will take this as a sign that he wants to marry her and be upset about it, so he doesn't warn her about the scrutiny and viciousness she's in for. The author does a great job of describing the lifestyles of rich and famous Chinese and although this is only the first in a proposed trilogy, it is ultimately a satisfying story of romance, love, and family. I am going to read the print version, too, but I recommend the audiobook version if you only have time for one because Lynn Chen does a great job of voicing the variety of accents, plus several Chinese words and even a bit of singing. -- Added by Hope on 01/30/2016

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