book cover of The Chosen and the Beautiful
Added by 22 of our members
 

The Chosen and the Beautiful

(2021)
A novel by

 
 
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 | 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 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

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.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.




Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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


Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Nghi Vo's The Chosen and the Beautiful

Hardback Editions

October 2021 : USA Library Binding
thumb

Title: The Chosen and the Beautiful (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Nghi Vo
ISBN: 1-4328-9148-0 / 978-1-4328-9148-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


June 2021 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: The Chosen and the Beautiful
Author(s): Nghi Vo
ISBN: 1-250-78478-6 / 978-1-250-78478-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tordotcom
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

March 2022 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Chosen and the Beautiful
Author(s): Nghi Vo
ISBN: 1-250-82012-X / 978-1-250-82012-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor.com
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

June 2021 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Chosen and the Beautiful
Author(s): Nghi Vo
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


June 2021 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Chosen and the Beautiful
Author(s): Nghi Vo
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Chosen and the Beautiful
Author(s): Nghi Vo
Publisher: Tordotcom
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA