A Reese Witherspoon book club pick in it’s release month, the Counterfeit adaptation (based on the novel by Kirstin Chen), will have no shortage of attention following it’s development. With its publication in 2021, this captivating story of friendship, intrigue, and deception captivated readers with its intricate plot and beautifully drawn characters.
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This page was updated: 8/1/23
About The Book:
Money can’t buy happiness… but it can buy a decent fake.
Ava Wong has always played it safe. As a strait-laced, rule-abiding Chinese American lawyer with a successful surgeon as a husband, a young son, and a beautiful home–she’s built the perfect life. But beneath this façade, Ava’s world is crumbling: her marriage is falling apart, her expensive law degree hasn’t been used in years, and her toddler’s tantrums are pushing her to the breaking point.
Enter Winnie Fang, Ava’s enigmatic college roommate from Mainland China, who abruptly dropped out under mysterious circumstances. Now, twenty years later, Winnie is looking to reconnect with her old friend. But the shy, awkward girl Ava once knew has been replaced with a confident woman of the world, dripping in luxury goods, including a coveted Birkin in classic orange. The secret to her success? Winnie has developed an ingenious counterfeit scheme that involves importing near-exact replicas of luxury handbags and now she needs someone with a U.S. passport to help manage her business–someone who’d never be suspected of wrongdoing, someone like Ava. But when their spectacular success is threatened and Winnie vanishes once again, Ava is left to face the consequences.
Swift, surprising, and sharply comic, Counterfeit is a stylish and feminist caper with a strong point of view and an axe to grind. Peering behind the curtain of the upscale designer storefronts and the Chinese factories where luxury goods are produced, Kirstin Chen interrogates the myth of the model minority through two unforgettable women determined to demand more from life.
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Current Production Status:
This project is still in the very early stages of development.
Counterfeit Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first released in June 2022 and was an immediate internet favorite along with being a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pink.
However the rights had already been picked up months ahead of release in October 2021 by Sony Television’s TriStar after a bidding war with over 8 competitors.
There have been no updates since then regarding production status.
Who Owns The Rights:
Sony Television’s Tristar won the series rights in a bidding war.
Who Is Attached:
Because this project is still in the very early stages of development there have been no casting announcements made yet.
Author Kirstin Chen is attached to serve as an executive producer on the series.
There are currently no filming locations with the series still in early development.
Because this project has not moved into active production or filming there is currently no publicly announced estimated release timeframe.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This book has not been feature on Alison in Libraryland before.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
None of Kirstin Chen’s other works have been optioned for adaptation.
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