The Chosen and the Beautiful

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Price
$26.99  $24.83
Publisher
Tordotcom
Publish Date
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781250784780

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About the Author

Nghi Vo is the author of the acclaimed novellas When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain and The Empress of Salt and Fortune, a Hugo Award and Ignyte Award finalist and the winner of the Crawford Award. Born in Illinois, she now lives on the shores of Lake Michigan. She believes in the ritual of lipstick, the power of stories, and the right to change your mind. The Chosen and the Beautiful is her debut novel.

Reviews

"Extraordinary. . . Vo's immersive prose never ceases to captivate. The Gatsby-related details and hints of magic will keep readers spellbound from start to finish. --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Enter Nghi Vo's lyrical, fever-dream spin, in which golf-playing heartbreaker Jordan Baker is a queer Vietnamese adoptee with a penchant for magic. --Oprah Magazine

"Beloved for her "Singing Hills Cycle" novellas, Vo goes ambitiously full-length with her tale of queer Vietnamese adoptee Jordan Baker, who uses magic to get what she wants in a 1920s Gatsby-like framework. --Library Journal

"Vo remains an excellent stylist. . . . Recommended for readers of Vo's previous shorter work or readers of historical fantasy in general. --Booklist

Nghi Vo's stellar transformation of The Great Gatsby recasts the 'careless' Jordan Baker as a woman of depth and sharpness, a socialite forced to live in the margins of others' lives. In Vo's telling, the glitter of Gatsby's parties conceals a sinister struggle--one where the players must survive on charms both literal and figurative, and the line between the invented and the real is endlessly blurred. Like Jordan's own paper creations, The Chosen and the Beautiful captivates with its artistry and its power.--Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni

The Chosen and the Beautiful is gorgeous and gripping, shining with language that shows us all the facets and dangers of yearning. Nghi Vo subverts and expands the possibilities of an American story, and magic is in the marrow of every sentence. I'm in awe of this book's expansive imagination and its exploration of what it means to discover desire, make your own myths, and define your belonging.--K-Ming Chang, author of Bestiary and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree

Luxurious, thrilling, and sexy, Nghi Vo's debut novel dives into the world of The Great Gatsby and wears it like a second skin. A shapeshifter of a book that had me hypnotized from the first pages, The Chosen and the Beautiful brings new intensity to a story you thought you knew.--Adrienne Celt, author of Invitation to a Bonfire

Decadent. Visual. Imaginative. Genius. Not enough words to praise this page-turning novel of sorcery, infernal compacts, and enchanted elixirs, in an altogether different 1920s New York. Nghi Vo snips apart, then magically weaves together a familiar story in a wholly original and decidedly unfamiliar way. Redo all the classics. And do them like this!--P. Djèlí Clark, winner of the Alex, Locus, and Nebula Awards and author of Ring Shout

A sumptuous novel that tangles with race, magic, sexuality, and class. Nghi Vo creates a world that drips with champagne and magic, where outsider's views are the only ones that matter, and it's impossible to be sure who is or is not other. It's bold to play in the realm of The Great Gatsby and Vo's acerbic Jordan Baker is the perfect woman to do it.--Erika Swyler, author of The Book of Speculation

"This book is Gatsby the way it should have been written-dark, dazzling, and fantastical. Of course Jordan Baker should have been the main character. Of course everyone should have been messing with magic. Vo has created a perfect response to Fitzgerald in tone, voice, and theme."--R. F. Kuang, winner of the Astounding Award and author of The Poppy War

The Chosen and the Beautiful is a subversive, sexy, atmospheric, sweltering, gin-soaked, Hell-haunted vision of Gatsby's New York, with prose that will pull you under. I loved it.--Alix E. Harrow, winner of the Hugo Award and author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Crisp as paper and delirious as a fever dream, this is a redrawn Gatsby daubed in gold leaf and lip rouge and blood. Nghi Vo gives a freshly imagined Jordan Baker her due, while infusing her glittering New York with a bottomless magical menace that feels both excitingly new and cosmically true to Fitzgerald's original.--Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood

I adore this Jordan and her shimmering rage, the way it laces all her party glamour. It adds a queer vitality to this story that really resonates with me, her flamboyance being so rageful. The prose is like a bite of caramel that rips out your teeth. It's seething, creamy. It has a bloody taste.--Hannah Abigail Clarke, bestselling author of The Scapegracers