Look at Me

ISBN-10: 0385721358

ISBN-13: 9780385721356

Edition: 2002

Authors: Jennifer Egan
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Description: At the start of this edgy and ambitiously multilayered novel, a fashion model named Charlotte Swenson emerges from a car accident in her Illinois hometown with her face so badly shattered that it takes eighty titanium screws to reassemble it. She returns to New York still beautiful but oddly unrecognizable, a virtual stranger in the world she once effortlessly occupied. With the surreal authority of a David Lynch, Jennifer Egan threads Charlotte’s narrative with those of other casualties of our infatuation with the image. There’s a deceptively plain teenaged girl embarking on a dangerous secret life, an alcoholic private eye, and an enigmatic stranger who changes names and accents as he prepares an apocalyptic blow against American society. As these narratives inexorably converge, Look at Me becomes a coolly mesmerizing intellectual thriller of identity and imposture.

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/8/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 8.25" wide x 5.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Jennifer Egan is the author of The Invisible Circus which was recently made into a film starring Cameron Diaz, and the short story collection Emerald City. Her short stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, GQ, and Ploughshares, among others, and her nonfiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband, the director David Herskovits, and their infant son in New York City.

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