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. All she has to do is make law partner, and her life will be perfect. 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, she doesn't need a man to complete her.
Yet when a chance encounter with charming, wealthy entrepreneur Eric Deng offers her a glimpse of an exciting, limitless future, Andrea decides to give Mr. Right-for-her-family a chance. Too bad Suresh Aditparan, her office rival and the last man her family would approve of, keeps throwing a wrench in her plans. Now 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?
About the Author
Lauren Ho is a reformed legal counsel who writes funny stories. Hailing from Malaysia, she lived in the United Kingdom, France, and Luxembourg before moving with her family to Singapore, where she is ostensibly working on her next novel. Last Tang Standing is not based on her mother. At all. Seriously.
"Andrea is a relatable, laugh-out-loud protagonist, a high achiever who also gives in to her weaker instincts on occasion. Last Tang Standing is a near-perfect blend of Crazy Rich Asians and Bridget Jones’s Diary, yet it still feels wholly original."—BookPage (starred review)
“The combination of an appealing lead, a glamorous setting, and relatable, funny portrayals of relationships and workplace politics make this debut one of the must-read escapist pleasures of the summer. Fans of Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians and Sally Thorne's The Hating Game will be dazzled.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“A lush portrayal of Singapore life filled with vibrant characters and a lovable leading lady readers will root for.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Witty...Ho’s cute, quippy love story is sure to captivate rom-com fans."—Publishers Weekly
"Charming and witty. . . It’s a good match for fans of The Hating Game, Crazy Rich Asians, and young professional women who feel at a crossroads.”—Booklist
“The funniest rom-com I've read in a very long time…The writing is so slick, the characters are so real, the pacing is so perfect! Andrea stole my heart.”—Beth O’Leary, author of The Flatshare
“A hilarious transcontinental romp filled with characters that crackle off the page. Lauren Ho’s incisive, sharp voice lays bare one of the central questions in many professional women’s lives—is everything we give up to live a 'good life' worth it?”—Andie J. Christopher, USA Today bestselling author of Not That Kind of Guy
"Your new favorite singleton is here and her name is Andrea Tang! Lauren Ho's irresistible Last Tang Standing sparkles with that perfect match of hilarity and heart on every page. Smart, successful, driven lawyer-on-the-partner-track Andrea is the most endearing of heroines: trying to be a boss in her love life as she stumbles--uproariously!--through Singapore's dating world in search of Mr. Right. You'll fall in love with this warm, witty and winning tale of a woman learning to follow her heart--not her head--for the first time in her life!"—Aimee Agresti, author of Campaign Widows
“Joyful, exuberant and very funny. An absolute treat.”—Nicola Gill, author of The Neighbors
“A smart and witty depiction of navigating the world of dating, coupled with the messy (but amusing) dynamics of family life.”—Jennifer Joyce, author of The Accidental Life Swap
“This book is an absolute delight. Andrea Tang is the protagonist that we all need to remind us of the complications of navigating our thirties. Lauren Ho’s fresh voice brings humour and heart to the glittering, fast-paced landscape of Singapore.”—Balli Kaur Jaswal, author of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
‘Last Tang Standing is a fun, funny, addictive adventure starring a loveable heroine with impeccable taste in handbags (if not men). Relatable and romantic, Andrea Tang will have you nodding along and shaking your head in equal measure as she tries to balance friends, family, romance and her career. A perfect summer page-turner from Lauren Ho, I loved it’—Lindsey Kelk, author of the I Heart Series
‘Both joyfully entertaining and socially perceptive, Lauren Ho’s debut is a vivid read on dating, work and family in Singapore through the lens of a brutally honest protagonist of gold. I loved it’—Naoise Dolan, author of Exciting Times
“Last Tang Standing is hilarious, even though it deals with serious topics such as family, romantic relations and how women maintain our work-life balance. It is rare to find a funny and witty Asian female author and for that I truly appreciate Lauren Ho’s ability to write against the image of Asian women as being submissive, obedient and dependent on men. But Last Tang Standing is not just a novel about Asian women, it is a universal story about women everywhere as we fight for our personal happiness, love and respect.”—Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, author of The Mountains Sing