Book club Pick #7 Five Star Billionaire vs. Foreign Gods, Inc.

It’s that time again, the time to pick a new book for our book club in April. You as a reader of this blog can vote on one of the books and the winner online will get an extra vote during out book club night. So work your influence and help us decide.

Our first option is Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw. It’s one of those books which follows many characters which are all set on a path to meet each other later on in the story only this one is set in Shanghai! The story is about old traditions clashing with young ambitions in a busy city. The main characters, a factory-girl-turned-golddigger, property magnate, pop star, entrepreneur and guru are all newcomers in the city lured there by the promise of riches and make-overs.

The second pick is Foreign Gods, Inc. by Okey Ndibe and this book takes place in another big city, New York. Ike is a Nigerian taxi driver with a degree in economics. Everyone is being hit by the recession, but Ike’s strong accent doesn’t provide him a way into the board room. Forced to make his money in the car-jungle of New York he’s unable to financially support the people who depend on him, he turns to gambling and stealing. Specifically stealing a Nigerian statue of an ancient war deity from his home village to sell it to a New York gallery. Going back home brings back more trouble than the statue might be worth.

So please pick one of the books and let us know any other suggestions in the comments!

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