The romance of the summer is said to be a love story about a dedicated, precious, young personality from a wealthy New York family who reunites with a righteous eco-warrior she met years ago at a glamorous wedding on the Italian island of Capri.
Sex and Vanity, the latest offering from author Kevin Kwan of Crazy Rich Asians, has already received rave reviews. The Atlantic calls it "The Shakespeare of Status Anxiety" and Town and Country calls it "a razor-sharp attitude towards the one percent". .
It tells the story of the very glamorous life of Manhattan's elite and even shows a fictional version of Cornelia Guest – the goddaughter of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, an old friend of Kwan.
Speaking to Tatler, Kwan said the novel was inspired by his own entry into the "real gossip girl world," which included "running with Park Avenue princesses, who flew between" six parties "at night in went downtown and stayed outside until dawn the next morning in the tabloids & # 39 ;.
Sex and Vanity, the latest offering from author Kevin Kwan of Crazy Rich Asians, has already received rave reviews. It tells the story of the very glamorous life of Manhattan's elite and even contains a fictional version of Cornelia Guest (picture 1989) – the goddaughter of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson and old friend of Kwan
Gast, a former debutante who was friends with Truman Capote and "BFFs with Andy Warhol" (1985), has become an animal rights activist in recent years. It is pictured on the left with Kim Kardashain in the spring 2013 issue of DuJour magazine
Gast, a former debutante who was friends with Truman Capote and "BFFs with Andy Warhol", has become an animal rights activist in recent years.
Her passion for real life is reflected in the fiction that includes a scene at a dazzling gala to raise funds for a shelter gala where celebrity dogs eat all canapés for high society guests.
“Cornelia is someone who really embodies the princess of Park Avenue. She was cool enough to spend most of her time downtown and partying with Andy Warhol in Studio 54. It spanned both worlds. And I did that in a strange way, ”added Kwan Tatler. Lucie Tang Churchill
Many have made comparisons between the racy novel and Cecily von Ziegenar's Gossip Girl books, which have become a huge Noughties TV hit.
Speaking to Tatle, Kwan (right) said the novel was inspired by his own entry into the "real gossip girl world," which included "running with Park Avenue princesses" that alternated between "six parties" at night flown in and went downtown until dawn and appear in the tabloids the next morning & # 39 ;. The book jacket is shown on the left
Excited readers have already given rave reviews of Goodreads to the novel, which was released last week, and described it as a kind of book to read in one session and the perfect summer reading.
Others compared it to E.M. Forsters A Room With A View and called it a fun romp.
& # 39; The Crazy Rich Asians trilogy will always be my classic and must-read. I'm so happy to finally have Kevin Kwan's new book SEX AND VANITY in my hands. I am ready !!! & # 39; wrote one.
"I was awake half the night and read Kevin Kwan's" Sex and Vanity ". I can only say that it is different from" Crazy Rich Asians "and makes you think more," wrote another.
"I ordered the eBook as soon as I heard about it. It was sort of a book that was read in one session and I loved everything about it." The perfect summer reading, ”commented a third.
Excited readers have already given rave reviews of the novel, which was published last week, and described it as a kind of book to read in one session and as the perfect summer reading (image).
Kwan has described the book as a "love letter to New York" and follows his successful trilogy "Crazy Rich Asians", which was turned into a hit film that grossed $ 283 million in 2018.
Like Gossip Girl, Sex and Vanity plays in the Big Apple and explores the very glamorous and often scandalous lives of wealthy celebrities – including the predatory new rich – and their interactions with families with high and powerful old money, wasps from the Middle East, and dynasties of Asian American Wall Street families.
It focuses on the story of Lucie Tang Churchill, a biracial New Yorker whose mother is of Chinese descent and has money on Wall Street while her father passed Mayflower and is rich in generations.
Cornelia Guest, the true socialist who starred in the racy, dazzling novel, is featured in a stunning black dress at the Vanity Fair Oscar & # 39; s Party 2009
Lucie lives a life of mega yacht parties wearing Valentino bikinis and eating lobster ravioli.
The novel begins with the wedding of a Tatler cover girl and a Taiwanese heiress to an Italian count on the idyllic island of Capri.
The "incredibly beautiful" 19-year-old Lucie has a holiday romance with a mysterious wedding guest, George Zao – a "self-righteous mom boy" and "eco-warrior" from Hong Kong.
She sees him as "a brooding madman who takes himself too seriously," but a spark quickly arises between the diametrically opposed couple.
Lucie is not sure what her parents will think of the surf boy in Hong Kong. She escapes from the island and returns to the Upper East Side.
Kwan has described the book as a "love letter to New York" and follows his successful trilogy "Crazy Rich Asians", which was turned into a hit film in 2018 that grossed $ 283 million (£ 225 million). The film featured Constance Wu and Henry Golding (pictured)
The reader meets Lucie five years later, where she becomes engaged to a ridiculous Instagram-owned billionaire millennial (known as "Billennial") named Cecil.
Cecil is described as "Armie Hammer handsome" and one of the most sought after bachelors in the world. He gives Lucie a ring the size of a rhino's testicle.
Kwan "horribly" based Cecil on a group of friends he knew in New York, but says the character evokes sympathy because the amount of money they are born into creates a toxic lifestyle.
"(Lucie's) life, her image, her whole being up to this point was a study in perfection," Kwan tells the reader.
She had gone to Brearley (a private school for girls on the Upper East Side of Manhattan) and had always been popular as Lucie Tang Churchill, the cool semi-Asian girl. She had graduated from Brown with honors.
Cornelia made a name for herself in the 1980s as an IT girl and friend of many stars – including Andy Warhol. Pictured together in New York
She had got her dream job at the coolest company in town and was about to marry a dashing, learned gentleman whom Esquire proclaimed "the most sought after guy on the planet".
“You'd live in an exquisitely original West Village townhouse, in East Hampton in summer, and maybe even get a place in Provence.
But when Lucie meets George again in a yoga class, she remembers her old feelings – and ideas of old-fashioned propriety are faced with a vortex of trendy restaurants, highly fashionable clothing, high-tech drones and parties with cocaine.
Their conflict continues throughout the novel, and Kwan also examines their intricate feelings of being biracial.
Kevin Kwan (left) is pictured with Michelle Yeoh, the star of Crazy Rich Asians, at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California
Her mother was born in Seattle, but she is often asked where you are from. She is upset about her brother because he looks more Caucasian than she is, and George's Asian background is why she doesn't immediately fall in love with him – despite the electric, exciting sex scenes.
Kwan also makes fun of the one percent in the novel. Every time a new character is introduced, he gives his entire educational history in parentheses, starting with preschool, such as: B. "I'm Renee Pike (Saint Cecilia / Port Neches Middle School / Middle School / UT / Harvard Business School)). . & # 39;
While admitting he makes fun of it, Kwan Town and Country added that it was inspired by real life as it is "the New York thing".
“You go to a cocktail party and people drop their schools in the first five minutes. It's a kind of connection, but it's a portrait of a person in five words. "
The novel is the first in a trilogy, the second is to explore the upper class of London and the third will bring the protagonists to Paris.
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