Sex and Vanity : from the bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians - Cities Trilogy 1 (Hardback)Kevin Kwan (author)
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Sex & Vanity opens a new trilogy from the author of the runaway success Crazy Rich Asians. Brimming with mind-blowing detail, this delicious satire of the life of the super-rich offers its readers the pleasure of witnessing how the unpredictability of the human heart shakes up the conceited worldviews of those who supposedly have it all.
When Lucie Tang Churchill meets George Zao at a lavish Capri wedding, she can't stand him:
He's a mama's boy.
A self-righteous eco-warrior.
A brooding weirdo that takes himself much too seriously.
And no-one should look that good in tight white Speedos.
Worried about what her Mayflower-descended, Wall Street-wealthy family might think of this Hong Kong surfer boy, Lucie returns to the safety of Manhattan's Upper East Side. So when she meets Cecil, a suave billionaire more concerned with his Instagram account than the planet, she thinks she's found the perfect way to forget that moonlit night...
Beneath the lobster ravioli, Valentino bikinis, mega-yachts and Park Avenue apartments, lurks the horror of the 'informal' dress code and the fear that someone, somewhere, is drinking a better vintage Champagne.
Gloriously decadent and wildly romantic, Sex and Vanity is a delicious satire on the grandest of scales.
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 592 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 162 mm
Sex and Vanity scores high on all intended fronts; the opening half, set in Capri, is bathed in sunshine and sexual tension. The novel reads like travel porn, listing the island's best and lesser-known sights, places to eat, stay and drink. And then there is the story of Lucie Tang Churchill, a biracial New York princess from the Upper East Side, attending an eye-wateringly extravagant wedding. * Guardian *
Sex and Vanity is basically your PERFECT SUMMER READ. Set in Capri, New York & the Hamptons, the location descriptions are so evocative you will feel like you're there. The characters bounce around the globe engaging in pretty much the binary opposite of social distancing so a double win for this delicious, delightful romp. -- Sara Lawrence * Daily Mail *
This satirical romp through the gilded lives of the international super-rich is laugh-out-loud funny, with all the crackle you'd expect from the author of Crazy Rich Asians, plus a tender love story at its heart. * Sunday Mirror *
Sex and Vanity, another decadent romance novel by Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan ... [is] the perfect summer read. * You Magazine *
Effervescent, grand cru escapism. All the playful Kwan hallmarks are present and correct. Sex and Vanity may poke plenty of fun at the moral iniquities of the impossibly wealthy but it's also astute on the racism that can exist within Asian families as well as without. * Metro *
Delicious and delightful, I adored it. * Daily Mail *
As fizzy and refreshing as a peach Bellini. * Best *
A whip-smart homage to EM Forster's A Room With A View, but with designer outfits, lavish parties and Instagram. * Sunday Express *
With a warm love story at its heart, Sex and Vanity is also a satire on the rich and privileged that you'll devour in one gulp. * Heat Magazine *
Love and gossip and glamour... oh my! * Cosmo *
Kwan follows up his Crazy Rich Asians trilogy with an intoxicating, breezy update of E.M. Forster's A Room with a View . . . There are moments both catty and witty . . . [A] delectable comedy of manners-the literary equivalent of white truffle and caviar pizza. * Publishers Weekly *
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