Sex and Vanity

Sex and Vanity is a novel by Kevin Kwan.

Kevin Kwan

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. Moving between summer playgrounds of privilege, peppered with decadent food and extravagant fashion, Sex and Vanity is a truly modern love story, a daring homage to A Room with a View, and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures. (From Doubleday Canada)

Interviews with Kevin Kwan

The author of Crazy Rich Asians and Rich People Problems, Kevin Kwan, returns to q to talk about his latest novel of love among the jet-setting mega-rich, Sex and Vanity. He tells us how his own life and career have changed since the huge success of the film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians. 19:32

Kevin Kwan looks at a 'whole new of level' of wealth in China Rich Girlfriend

6 years ago
Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan describes the massive fortunes and massive spending by China’s super-rich that inspired his 2nd novel. 1:58

'Something very special is happening:' Making Crazy Rich Asians

4 years ago
Author Kevin Kwan on what happened when he flew to the Singapore set of Crazy Rich Asians, the upcoming film based on his bestselling novel. 1:05

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