Looking to experience the rat race of the Singaporean upper middle class? There are no rest stops in Lauren Ho's LAST TANG STANDING, a veritable hamster wheel of Chinese cliches and Tiger mothering mixed with all the frustrations of dating in your early thirties in the age of technology and hipster pubs.
Andrea Tang is one of the last unwed women of her family, and is on the cusp of realizing her career goals in achieving partner as a lawyer at a veritable billing machine. Set against the hustle and bustle of Singapore's Central Business District there are enough gastronomic delights to make this reviewer homesick, but Andrea's stream of conscious and self doubt remind every female reader of what it is to try and have it all: a successful career, a social life, romance, maintaining physical and emotional wellness, all the while carrying a fabulous handbag. LAST TANG STANDING offers a very different reality from fans of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy; Andrea is a Tang who works as hard as she plays.
Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones's Diary in this funny and irresistible debut novel about the pursuit of happiness, surviving one's thirties intact, and opening oneself up to love.
At thirty-three, Andrea Tang is living the dream: She has a successful career as a lawyer, a posh condo, and a clutch of fun-loving friends who are always in the know about Singapore's hottest clubs and restaurants. All she has to do is make partner at her law firm and she will have achieved everything she's worked for. And if she's about to become the lone unmarried member of her generation in the Tang clan--a disappointment her meddling Chinese-Malaysian family won't let her forget--well, who needs a husband, anyway?
Yet being the Last Tang Standing sends Andrea into a tailspin she wasn't expecting--and, for the first time, she begins to question the life she thought she wanted. When a chance encounter with handsome, wealthy entrepreneur Eric Deng offers her a glimpse of a future more lavish than she could have imagined, Andrea decides that giving Mr. Right-for-her-family a chance might not be so bad after all. So why can't she stop thinking about Suresh Aditparan, her annoyingly attractive office rival and the last man her relatives would approve of? With a battle waging between her head and her heart, Andrea can't help but wonder: In the endless tug-of-war between pleasing others and pleasing herself, is there room for everyone to win?