The Chosen and the Beautiful Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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"Gatsby the way it should have been written - dark, dazzling, fantastical." (R. F. Kuang)
"Luxurious, thrilling, and sexy." (Adrienne Celt)
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.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 52 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 01, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #31,494 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#71 in Asian American Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#107 in Magical Realism Fiction
#233 in Asian American Literature & Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2021
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The aspect of this novel I was most concerned about—the addition of magic—turned out to be marvelous. The magic spins its own dreamy, heady quality over this book without taking away the characters agency or affecting the central plot in any distasteful way. It's a subtle thing, but delightful. I particularly enjoyed the way that Jordan's magic began to connect her to her heritage and sketch out a future for her beyond the confines of the novel.