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Virtual Event – Kevin Kwan
June 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Magic City Books is proud to welcome Kevin Kwan for a virtual author program in celebration of the paperback release of his latest novel, Sex and Vanity on Monday June 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm CDT. This ticketed event includes one (1) paperback copy of Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan and one (1) link to the virtual event on June 14.
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Sex and Vanity is being released in paperback on May 25, shipping via USPS will begin that day and all tracking information will be sent from stamps.com. Please be understanding of potential shipping delays.
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About Sex and Vanity:
A NPR, Marie Claire, and New York Post Best Book of 2020
Good Morning America’s July Book Club Pick
A CNN Perfect Summer Read
A New York Times New & Noteworthy Book
The author of the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians takes you from Capri to NYC, where Lucie Tang Churchill finds herself torn between two men–and two very different cultures.
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 a view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, she can’t stand that he knows more about Casa 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.
The daughter of an American-born Chinese mother and a 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, Lucie is spinning a web of deceit that involves her family, her fiancé, the co-op board of her Fifth Avenue apartment building, 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.
Kevin Kwan is the author of the international bestsellers Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. Crazy Rich Asians was a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture and has been translated into more than thirty languages. In 2018, Kevin was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Praise for Sex and Vanity
When the room with a view is Kevin Kwan’s, things might get wild… There’s no other way you’re getting to Capri this summer. Here’s a ticket.
— Janet Maslin, New York Times Book Review
Part of the novel’s fun is that Kwan is in on the joke: He excels at satirizing the uber-rich. He’s also an Olympic-level name-dropper. If I had a dollar for every reference to an A-list designer or brand mentioned here, I’d be — well, still not a fraction as wealthy as these characters… Kwan’s trademark snark, which hooked “Crazy Rich Asians” fans, remains on display in this new offering… readers who follow suit can revel in the kind of extravagances that sound like a dream after months of isolation and anxiety during the coronarvirus pandemic.
— Angela Haupt, Washington Post
The Shakespeare of Status Anxiety. .. Dishy and delightful, filled with all sorts of bad behavior performed in couture. But as loose and fun and compulsively readable as they are, Kwan’s novels are also very clearly the work of someone who spends much of his social time paying extremely close attention.
–Ryan Bradley, The Atlantic
A razor-sharp rake on the one percent… Like Truman Capote or Dominick Dunne before him, Kwan seems to be writing from inside the rarefied rooms where his stories take place–and he doesn’t pull any punches.
–Marshall Heyman, Town & Country
Deliciously modern… drama, diamonds, and satire galore.
Kevin Kwan’s new book is his most decadent yet.
Kwan’s latest novel Sex and Vanity is a retelling of E. M. Forster’s A Room With a View. In Kwan’s hands, the classically white, British tale’s setting gets an update from the early 1900s to the 2010s, trading in a cast of characters from England’s stuffy upper crust for one of lavish, jet-setting Asian socialites.
A deliciously fun romp from Capri to Manhattan and East Hampton. Kwan is in fine form, gleefully name-dropping luxury brands and socialites as he spins a heartfelt, satirical tale that observes the price of fame, fortune and following your heart.”
True love will find a way, even among the status-obsessed and filthy rich… [With] irresistibly knowing humor and delightful central characters… While he’s engineering the timeless love story and continuing our postgraduate education in all the things money can buy, Kwan manages to take a few swipes against snobbery and racism. Nice. This is the only way you’re getting to Capri this year. Why resist?
“Kwan follows up his Crazy Rich Asians trilogy with an intoxicating, breezy update of E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View… Kwan exploits the Forster frame for clever references–including Merchant and Ivory–and provides amusing footnotes. Kwan also relishes describing lavish meals and haute couture clothing, as well as Isabel’s decadent wedding and Cecil’s imaginative, over-the-top proposal. There are moments both catty and witty… [A] delectable comedy of manners–the literary equivalent of white truffle and caviar pizza.”