Kirstin Chen

Pub date
The Borough Press
A4 153x221mm
300 pages
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Book Overview

HUSTLERS meets BIG LITTLE LIES in the thrilling new novel about women breaking bad that everyone will be talking about in Summer 2022…

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?

LOVE for Kirstin Chen:

‘Delicious, page-turning’ Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians

‘Engrossing’ Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere

‘Complex and rich’ Harper’s Bazaar

‘Brilliant’ ELLE

About the author

Kirstin Chen is the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners and Bury What We Cannot Take. Born and raised in Singapore, she currently lives in San Francisco.


  • PRAISE for Counterfeit:
  • ‘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 bestselling author of The Burning Girl