Beauty

Beauty is a novel as well as events and discourse around the ideas of beauty and social justice issues. They examine the intersections of race, class and gender.

  1. Literary Arts
  • Winner of the James Alan McPherson Award judged by Gish Jen, Beauty is about Amy Wong, an up-and-coming designer in the New York Fashion industry. She’s young, talented, beautiful. She should have it all—so why doesn’t she? Amy appreciates her sexuality, questions the boundaries she faces as an Asian American woman, and experiences life’s loves and losses. “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 “A sexy, unflinching portrait of a woman revolting against the life she makes for herself.” – starred KIRKUS Reviews "I can’t think of novel more unflinching in its portrayal of lust, love, and parenthood. Christina Chiu has a unique gift as a storyteller for unflinching honesty, and the ability to see the transcendent in the details. Beauty is a novel of one woman’s life, epic in emotional proportion. I was captured by Beauty and gleefully held there through to the last page." – Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day and Pym