Five Star Billionaire is a fiction novel that revolves around the lives of a few people whose fates are interlinked with one person�s activities. Written by Tash Aw, the story is set in China, and it explores and captures the vibrant lives over there. The book was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, 2013, and it is Tash�s first nomination, as well. The book takes you through a series of narratives covering various experiences of different struggling lives.
A factory girl named Phoebe has come to Shanghai hoping to get the job that was promised to her. But as she arrives and tries to get the job, she discovers that the job has never existed. Gary is a country boy who has just turned a pop star. But after a brawl in a bar-room, he loses his fans and gets back to square one. Gary has a crush on a young poetry-loving activist, Yinghui. Suddenly, Yinghui becomes a successful businesswoman, and she, herself, is not aware of the details of her own career transformation. Another guy named Justin works hard for his family to earn them a comfortable life, but his efforts either go in vain or unappreciated.
The random tales of different people comes to a point of contact when the author introduces the five-star billionaire, Walter Chao. He is successful and powerful, and somehow, has played a vital role in playing with the dynamics of these lives with his secrets and schemes. As the story continues, it weaves journey of struggling lives and the manipulators in China. It focuses majorly on the lives of immigrants from Malaysia, and shapes a dazzling yet heart-wrenching tales.
Tash Aw was born in Taiwan to Malaysian parents. After graduating in law from the University of Cambridge and University of Warwick, he moved to London and started his writing career. He is one of celebrated literary figures in Southeast Asia and has won Commonwealth Writer�s Prize. Some of his famous works are The Harmony Silk Factory and Maps of the Invisible World. You can order online the paperback edition published by Fourth Estate with the ISBN-10: 0007526040 and ISBN-13: 978-0007526048.