Good day, our fine readers! We hope that you are all doing well and ready with a glass of Demoniac in hand for today’s book of choice: The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo. This is a hauntingly beautiful retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby. For a very special treat, this post is one of our author interview posts! We got to ask Nghi Vo some questions and peek behind the curtain of her inner thoughts for how and why she wrote this gorgeous piece of work. So, as always, stay tuned past the “read more” link and check out the interview with Vo after a quick synopsis and our own thoughts about the book.
“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, Asian, adopted, and 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.”
Modern Day Austen? Yes please!
Welcome back book lovers! We’ve missed you all over the last week or so. If you are loving our content, please do come on over and talk with us on our instagram page where we are a little more active. But in the meantime, stick around for at least three more minutes while we chat about our latest double read; Jane In Love by Rachel Givney (to be a movie through Amazon).
“If Jane Austen had the choice between the heart and the pen, what do you think she would do?
At age twenty-eight, Jane Austen should be seeking a suitable husband, but all she wants to do is write. She is forced to take extreme measures in her quest to find true love - which lands her in the most extraordinary of circumstances.
Magically, she finds herself in modern-day England, where horseless steel carriages line the streets and people wear very little clothing. She forms a new best friend in fading film star Sofia Wentworth, and a genuine love interest in Sofia's brother Fred, who has the audacity to be handsome, clever and kind-hearted.
She is also delighted to discover that she is now a famous writer, a published author of six novels and beloved around the globe. But as Jane's romance with Fred blossoms, her presence in the literary world starts to waver. She must find a way to stop herself disappearing from history before it's too late.
A modern-day reimagining of the life of one of the world's most celebrated writers, this wonderfully witty romantic comedy offers a new side to Jane's story, which sees her having to choose between true love in the present and her career as a writer in the past.”
This week is going to be a bit shorter than normal folks. Both Erin and I have had a couple crazy weeks between Erin moving positions temporarily at our work and myself dealing with some health things flaring up like crazy. But we wanted to make sure you all got something while we get a great post covering Sarah J Maas’s new addition to the Court series ready for you. At the same time, we are also working on an amazing post talking about The Lost Apothecary where we have an interview with author Sarah Penner.
Since we had tough weeks, we decided to go back to our childhoods and take in a classic novel. It was great nostalgia and for myself, I didn’t have to think overly hard for it. Which was both a curse and a blessing since we chose a book that really needs some brain cells. Soon we will go back to the newer titles but, in the meantime, down the rabbit hole we go with Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland.
“Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel by English author Lewis Carroll (the pseudonym of Charles Dodgson). It tells of a young girl named Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures.”