Special Feature: The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

This book has been generating a ton of buzz…..a Great Gatsby retelling that features and Asian queer character? It hits all the high notes for exciting new releases in my book! I am not a huge Great Gatsby fan but I know I am in the minority on that front but I also think that a more modern take on the classic characters sounds exciting to say the least.

This book is on all the lists right now: OprahMag.com, USA Today, Buzzfeed, Parade Magazine, and many more. Early reviews are also consistently giving high marks for this one. It is author Nghi Vo’s debut novel as well and I always find debuts to be a mixed bag…..sometimes they are amazing and sometimes they are not but I think the excitement and buzz that comes with ‘a new author’s first release’ is hard to top—-good or bad.

The modern mashup retelling is out now and I am so thrilled to be sharing a bit about this book with all of you guys. If you are a lover of The Great Gatsby, then you want to get your hands on this modern retelling. Even if you aren’t into The Great Gatsby, this book promises to tick all the boxes—–buzz worthy story, a queer person of color—-you can’t go wrong with this one. Pick up a copy today!


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, Asian, adopted, and 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. (summary from Goodreads)


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