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In his latest novel, Sex and Vanity, the author of the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians takes you from Capri to Manhattan, where Lucie Tang Churchill finds herself torn between two men—and two very different lives.
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 Zao, who she had a romance with years earlier on the island of Capri. But 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 to deny George entry into her world—and her heart. 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. This book is both a “summer romp with a satirical sting” (NPR) and a “nuanced exploration of race and identity” (Avenue).
Kevin Kwan is the author of the trilogy that includes Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. The film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians became Hollywood's highest-grossing romantic comedy in over a decade. In 2018 Kwan was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.