‘We Are on the Basement Level.’ Crazy Rich Asians Author Kevin Kwan on Asian Representation in Entertainment and His New Book

His latest novel, Sex and Vanity, out June 30, sweeps through glamorous corners of New York to bring his incisive eye the U.S. The book is an update on E. M. Forster’s A Room With a View, following not Lucy Honeychurch but Lucie Tang Churchill, a young biracial woman caught between two loves and two cultures.

Kwan spoke to TIME in early June about the new novel, his evolving approach to political engagement and embracing his identity.

Read his interview with Time Magazine