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The Chosen and the Beautiful

By Nghi Vo
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An Instant National Bestseller!
An Indie Next Pick!


A Most Anticipated in 2021 Pick for Oprah Magazine | USA Today | Buzzfeed | Greatist | BookPage | PopSugar | Bustle | The Nerd Daily | Goodreads | Literary Hub | Ms. Magazine | Library Journal | Culturess | Book Riot | Parade Magazine | Kirkus | The Week | Book Bub | OverDrive | The Portalist | Publishers Weekly

A Best of Summer Pick for TIME Magazine | CNN | NBC News | CBS News | Book Riot | The Daily Beast | Lambda Literary | The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Goodreads | Bustle | Veranda Magazine | The Week | Bookish | St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Den of Geek | LGBTQ Reads | Pittsburgh City Paper | Bookstr | Tatler HK

A Best Fantasy Novel from the Last 10 Years for Book Riot

A Best of 2021 Pick for NPR

A vibrant and queer reinvention of F. Scott Fitzgerald's jazz age classic. . . . I was captivated from the first sentence.—NPR

"Nghi Vo is one of the most original writers we have today."—Taylor Jenkins Reid on Siren Queen

A sumptuous, decadent read.The New York Times

“Vo has crafted a retelling that, in many ways, surpasses the original.Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Immigrant. Socialite. Magician.

Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society—she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She’s also queer and Asian, a Vietnamese adoptee treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her.

But the world is full of wonders: infernal pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In all paper is fire, and Jordan can burn the cut paper heart out of a man. She just has to learn how.

Nghi Vo’s debut novel, The Chosen and the Beautiful, reinvents this classic of the American canon as a coming-of-age story full of magic, mystery, and glittering excess, and introduces a major new literary voice.

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3.5
Red Angry Face“I really hate this book. I haven’t ever actually read The Great Gatsby but if it’s anything like this book I don’t want to. The magic elements, while incredibly cool and interesting, are terribly written. They don’t blend with the story and are only brought up if they are needed for something. I was especially disappointed with this because the paper cutting seemed really cool. I was also really dissatisfied with the queer rep. It was hardly a part of the story and seemed a little unnecessary. I’d call it barely queer at best. On top of all of that it was hard to read and frustrating to follow. I struggled to read the last 30%, let alone enjoy it. The characters were flat and boring, even if some hid it well. I haven’t absolutely adored any of Vo’s work but I had high hopes for this one because I was told The Great Gatsby was good and would be even better if it were queer. The ending was mediocre and unimpressive. This is truly one of the worst books I’ve read.”
Bad writingUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying ending
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingUnpredictableImmersive setting

About Nghi Vo

Nghi Vo is the author of the novels Siren Queen and The Chosen and the Beautiful, as well as the acclaimed novellas of the Singing Hills Cycle, which began with The Empress of Salt and Fortune. The series entries have been finalists for the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and the Lambda Literary Award, and have won the Crawford Award, the Ignyte Award, and the Hugo 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.

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