Synopses & Reviews
A GOOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick!
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.
“Irresistibly knowing humor and delightful central characters....a timeless love story.” Kirkus (Starred Review)
“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
"Kwan follows up his Crazy Rich Asians trilogy with an intoxicating, breezy update of E.M. Forster's A Room with a View....[A] delectable comedy of manners — the literary equivalent of white truffle and caviar pizza." Publishers Weekly
“Kevin Kwan's new book is his most decadent yet.” Entertainment Weekly
“Deliciously modern...drama, diamonds, and satire galore.” Vanity Fair
“A summer romp with a satirical sting.” NPR
“Another riveting tale of privilege, culture and romance...in a world of extravagant fashion and deceit, resulting in one truly modern love story that you won't be able to put down.” CNN
About the Author
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.