Sex and Vanity

Sex and Vanity

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The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with a glittering tale of love and longing as a young woman finds herself torn between two worlds–the WASP establishment of her father’s family and George Zao, a man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with.

On her very first morning on the jewel-like island of Capri, Lucie Churchill sets eyes on George Zao and she instantly can’t stand him. She can’t stand it when he gallantly offers to trade hotel rooms with her so that she can have the view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, she can’t stand that he knows more about Curzio Malaparte than she does, and she really can’t stand it when he kisses her in the darkness of the ancient ruins of a Roman villa and they are caught by her snobbish, disapproving cousin, Charlotte. “Your mother is Chinese so it’s no surprise you’d be attracted to someone like him,” Charlotte teases.

Daughter of an American-born-Chinese mother and blue-blooded New York father, Lucie has always sublimated the Asian side of herself in favor of the white side, and she adamantly denies having feelings for George. But several years later, when George unexpectedly appears in East Hampton where Lucie is weekending with her new fiancé, Lucie finds herself drawn to George again. Soon, Lucy is spinning a web of deceit that involves her family, her fiancé, the co-op board of her Fifth Avenue apartment, and ultimately herself as she tries mightily to deny George entry into her world–and her heart.

Moving between summer playgrounds of privilege, peppered with decadent food and extravagant fashion, Sex and Vanity is a truly modern love story, a daring homage to A Room with a View, and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures.

Title:Sex and Vanity
ISBN:9780385695404
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    Sex and Vanity Reviews

  • Cindy

    There’s a lot of merit in showing the protagonist’s struggle with her half-white/half-Asian identity, how other people have treated her because of her more Asian features, and her rejection of Asi...

  • Lily Herman

    *takes deep breath* *prepares for pitchforks*Okay. Okay okay okay okay OKAY. I'm sorry to say it, but...I wasn't a fan of this novel.Retellings of any sort are difficult. I should know; I'm the bitch ...

  • Miranda Reads

    Hey! January 2021 Reading Vlog is up!! The Written Review Lucie Churchill has lived her life within a very narrow box thanks to her stifling family.You'd think that being incredibly rich would le...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Two different aspects are colliding each other and giving me painful headache about this book. It’s not something between hate and love. It is just mostly between hmm okay, not Crazy Rich Asians kin...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ I requested this thinking I was a total longshot at getting approved. I mean this Kevin guy might have a career in writing, know what I’...

  • Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

    I am so bitterly disappointed. Just kidding. Unfortunately, I was so nonplussed with this book that it wasn't even painful when I didn't like it.When an author hits it big with a debut (or series in t...

  • Nenia ? I yeet my books back and forth ? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestSo I guess this is a loose retelling of A ROOM WITH A VIEW and I was excited about it ever since I heard Kevin Kwan was coming out with a new...

  • Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    *sigh* This was sadly a disappointment. Most of this novel was simply describing the opulence of Capri and New York life for the wealthy elite, from their fashion to their food to their cars, in excru...

  • Nina

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I found this book to be very disappointing. The first part, set on Capri, was mostly fun, but even there the problems that would persi...

  • capture stories

    Absurdly wealthy, mixed-race perplexity, whipped with snarky remarks in between lines, outlook to the inner life of elite class that comprises of mostly Asian or Asian American and the novel gave a pe...