Synopses & Reviews
An Instant National Bestseller!
An Indie Next Pick!
A B&N Reads April Pick!
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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.
"Astonishingly crafted, with luscious prose and appeal for both fans of the original and those who always felt The Great Gatsby missed the mark." — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Extraordinary...Vo's immersive prose never ceases to captivate. The Gatsby-related details and hints of magic will keep readers spellbound from start to finish.” — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“An utterly captivating series of speakeasies, back-seat trysts, parties both grand and intimate and romances both magical and mundane....[Vo]has transformed The Great Gatsby utterly.” — BookPage (Starred Review)
About the Author
Nghi Vo is the author of the novels Siren Queen and The Chosen and the Beautiful, as well as the acclaimed novellas When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain and The Empress of Salt and Fortune, a Locus and Ignyte Award finalist and the winner of the Crawford 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.