Were you a teen in the early to mid-2000s? Did you enjoy reading about the drama that affected the rich and privileged teens in the Gossip Girl novels by Cecily Von Ziegesar? We think you’ll love these three more grown-up novels about the lifestyles of the wealthy and glamorous.
What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
After years of chasing the American dream, the Zhen family has moved back to Shanghai to join an elite community of Chinese-born, Western-educated professionals who have returned to a radically transformed city. When prodigal son, Qiang, reappears in Shanghai after decades on the run with a local gang, the family must finally come to terms with the past and its indelible mark on their futures.
Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin
After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place. When Wednesday’s life turns upside down, she learns how deep the bonds of female friendship really are.
The Windfall: A Novel by Diksha Basu
Mr. and Mrs. Jha thought they’d settled comfortably into their golden years, but then Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money and moves his wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town. The move sets off a chain of events that rock their neighbors, their marriage, and their son, ultimately forcing the Jha family to reckon with what really matters.