About the Book:
Paperback: 278 pages
Amy Wong is an up-and-coming designer in the New York fashion industry; she is young, beautiful, and has it all. But she finds herself at odds with rival designers in a world rife with chauvinism and prejudice. In her personal life, she struggles with marriage and motherhood, finding that her choices often fall short of her traditional family’s expectations. Derailed again and again, Amy must confront her own limitations to succeed as the designer and person she wants to be.
About the Author:
Christina Chiu is the author of Troublemaker and Other Saints. Her stories have appeared in Tin House, The New Guard Literary Review, Washington Square, The MacGuffin, and elsewhere. Troublemaker won the Asian American Literary Award and was chosen for the Alternate Section of the Book-of-the-Month Club. Chiu received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia. She is a founder of the Asian American Writers Workshop, and has worked in the fashion industry as a shoe designer. Find her at christinachiu.org.
Selected as one of the “most anticipated titles of 2020” by The Millions!
“Christina Chiu’s Beauty is beautiful in the way of a scalpel blade. It’s that sharp and precise, that lacerating, that true.”
—Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours
“Amy Wong is an aspiring fashion designer of some promise who chooses being a wife and mother over her career in this second novel by Christina Chiu. It’s a difficult decision complicated by the fact that her husband, who has industry connections, doesn’t support her desire to work in the fashion industry. Juggling between caring for a neurodiverse child and navigating a struggling marriage, Beauty is a story of perseverance.”