Look at Me (Paperback)Jennifer Egan (author)
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Reconstructive facial surgery after a car crash so alters Manhattan model Charlotte that, within the fashion world, where one's look is oneself, she is unrecognizable. Seeking a new image, Charlotte engages in an Internet experiment that may both save and damn her. As her story eerily converges with that of a plain, unhappy teenager - another Charlotte - it raises tantalizing questions about identity and reality in contemporary Western culture.
Jennifer Egan's bold, innovative novel, demonstrating her virtuosity at weaving a spellbinding, ambitious tale with language that dazzles, captures the spirit of our times and offers an unsettling glimpse of the future.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 356 g
Dimensions: 196 x 132 x 35 mm
Brilliantly unnerving. . . . A haunting, sharp, splendidly articulate novel. * The New York Times *
Egan limns the mysteries of human identity and the stranglehold our image-obsessed culture has on us all in this complicated and wildly ambitious novel. * Newsweek *
Ambitious, swiftly paced. . . . Egan writes with such shimmering elan that it?s easy to follow her cast on its journey. * The Wall Street Journal *
Dark, hugely ambitious. . . . As riveting as a roadside wreck and noxiously, scathingly funny. * Elle *
Egan's ability to move with ease between sincerity and satire sets Look at Me apart. . . . Her authentic-feeling details give a sense of unusual immediacy. * Vogue *
Prescient and provocative. . . . The characters . . . jump from the pages and dare you to care about them. . . . The prose is crisp and precise. . . . The pieces fit together at the end with a satisfying click. * Philadelphia Inquirer *
Enjoyable and promising. * Financial Times *
After the success of Egan's 2011 Pulitzer-winning A Visit From The Goon Squad, this satire of identity and fame in modern culture is another wildly inventive and meticulously crafted piece of brilliance. * Stylist *
Sharp, clever, complex... I can't do this 514-page novel justice in 242 words. It's funny and serious, dry, sly and wry. The writing is as pin-sharp as the perceptions. Read it. * Independent on Sunday *
A prescient, pre-9/11 study of a society drowning in contrivances. * The Pulse *
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