The God of Good Looks
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About the Author
Breanne Mc Ivor is an award-winning writer. Her short story collection, Where There Are Monsters, was published in 2019. Mc Ivor holds degrees in English from the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh and has a certificate in Advanced Professional Makeup Artistry. She lives in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago. The God of Good Looks is her debut novel.
"Breanne McIvor is a talented Trinidadian author and regional literary prize-winner making her international debut." -- Oprah.com
"[E]ntertaining...Under the glossy surface of this story about two skittish, driven people finding each other in complicated circumstances, this novel has bigger ambitions. Mc Ivor uses the beauty industry to explore the rifts created by poverty, sexism, and class in modern-day Trinidad, revealing how ingrained misogyny can be in a patriarchal society and how hard it can be to overcome." -- Kirkus Reviews
"McIvor shines in this pitch-perfect narrative of power imbalances.... McIvor combines tight plotting and strong character development....This makes for a winning story of comeuppance." -- Publishers Weekly
"Mc Ivor's first novel is an entertaining story with vivid depictions of the history, culture, and current social challenges of Trinidad and Tobago.... For readers who enjoy allusions to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, blended with Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada." -- Library Journal
"Part ribald farce, part feminist tract, part love letter to an island, The God of Good Looks takes a look at Caribbean island life and culture rarely seen in books, that of its bristling, competitive carnival culture and beauty world. McIvor writes with wit and confidence of a world where female beauty is celebrated and monetized. Her heroine, an outsider tarnished by scandal, navigates both with skill and satire. Every page we wince and smirk. A self-aware, modern, female-centered novel out of Trinidad which breaks new ground." -- Monique Roffey, author of Costa Book of the Year, The Mermaid of Black Conch
"Phenomenal! A book worthy of a standing ovation. I will never forget how this novel made me feel. It's effortlessly beautiful." -- Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, author of Yinka, Where is your Huzband?
"Beautiful inside and out, The God of Good Looks is big-hearted, life-affirming, and salty-sweet. A glittering will-they, won't they Bridget Jones re-boot, it transported me to the Caribbean. LOVED IT." -- Nikki May, author of Wahala
"Bursting with vivid imagery and a striking voice, The God of Good Looks boldly tackles complex topics and characters with remarkable nuance and grace. Immersive and impossible to put down." -- Shirlene Obuobi, author of On Rotation
"A dazzling delight of a debut. The God of Good Looks is a captivating portrait of contemporary Trinidadian culture, a canny exploration of makeup's power as artifice and art, and a tender celebration of unexpected connections and the human need to love and be loved. I gasped, I laughed, I cried--I didn't want it to end!" -- Coco Mellors, author of Cleopatra and Frankenstein
"Get ready for a gorgeous literary snapshot of what life is like in twenty-first-century Trinidad without any of the usual tropes. The God of Good Looks paints a vibrant portrait of the contemporary Caribbean as you've never read it before. It's full of characters whose struggles you feel to your bones--and will be rooting for all the way through. Bianca might just be one of my all-time favorite heroines. Mc Ivor's writing is fresh, smart, and packed with razor-sharp social commentary--a perfect blend of page-turning and thought-provoking. I can't recommend this debut enough."
-- Caroline Mackenzie, author of One Year of Ugly