Best Reviewed – The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo


If “The Great Gatsby” is one of your favorite novels, you may appreciate this take on 1920s American high society — with Jordan Baker as its star, only in Vo’s story the golf pro is a gay Vietnamese adoptee. Adding in some magic and mystery, Jordan’s spin on her friend Daisy, Daisy’s cousin Nick and, of course, Nick’s neighbor, Jay Gatsby, has some critics raving that Vo’s version rivals the original classic.

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Accolades:

4.3 stars out of 137 reviews on Amazon – over 50% of those reviews are 5 stars!

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

Back Cover Copy of The Chosen and the Beautiful:

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.

About Nghi Vo:

NGHI VO writes speculative fiction of all kinds. Her short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, PodCastle, Lightspeed, and Fireside. Her short story, “Neither Witch nor Fairy” made the 2014 Otherwise Award Honor List. Nghi mostly writes about food, death, and family, but sometimes detours into blood, love, and rhetoric. She was born in central Illinois and retains a healthy respect for corn mazes, scarecrows, and fifty-year floods.

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