This is a milieu that Wang, a graduate of Berkeley and Harvard Business School knows well. Possibly too well. There is some excellent scene-setting, but the novel feels like a series of comic set-pieces, each one containing an overkill of detail. She has a habit of relying on the same formulaic tricks, too. One crazy and wealthy boss is enough to show the ludicrous workings and jargon of California; a second boss of a similar type is tedious. Still, Wang’s satire has bite, even if these resolutely middle-class targets are nowhere near as wild and juicy as those of Crazy Rich Asians.