Sex and Vanity

Sex and Vanity

A Novel

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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 the view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, she can't stand that he knows more about Curzio 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. "Your mother is Chinese so it's no surprise you'd be attracted to someone like him," Charlotte teases. Daughter of an American-born-Chinese mother and 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, Lucy is spinning a web of deceit that involves her family, her fiancé, the co-op board of her Fifth Avenue apartment, and ultimately herself as she tries mightily to deny George entry into her world--and her heart.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780385695404
Branch Call Number: KWAN
Characteristics: 315 pages ; 25 cm

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LoganLib_Kirra Aug 06, 2020

This book was so cute, from the start I was swept up in their glamour and I fell instantly in love with Lucie and George’s chemistry. I really wanted to see Lucie embrace both sides of her heritage in this book and follow her heart over trying to suppress it and how she feels. Overall, this book seemed to fly by and it took me no time at all to read. There was romance, hilarity, drama, and big-money moves. It was another enjoyable and hearty read from Kevin Kwan.

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darladoodles
Jun 23, 2020

Full disclosure: I have not read "A Room With a View," but I have read the Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy and I believe this new standalone from Kevin Kwan is as good or better than CRA. The dynamics of race and privilege are approached from sites in the Western Hemisphere giving new dimensions to explore. Lucie and George are both likable characters. The scene in which George recites the title of the book was hands down my favorite emotional moment. There were many other tongue in cheek moments along the way as well as jaw-dropping descriptions of events and locations (most in Capri). It felt like I went on vacation and watched a rom-com all in one.

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