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Look at Me
Look at Me: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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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 Charlottes narrative with those of other casualties of our infatuation with the image. Theres 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Billypar
Look at Me: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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#youngandbeautiful #MayMovieMagic
I'm 2/2 with Jennifer Egan, so looking forward to trying this one. But it does sound like a tough read: the story of a fashion model who is in a car accident and after recovering must come to grips with the change in how people react to her appearance.
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merelybookish What have you read by her? I adored Goon Squad but haven't read anything else by her even though I own a couple. 6mo
Billypar @merelybookish I read Goon Squad and The Keep- loved them both, but I think I liked The Keep best- so inventive and it had me hooked all the way through 6mo
merelybookish @Billypar Oh cool! I own that one so will bump it up the TBR! 🙂 6mo
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Billypar @merelybookish Nice- hope you enjoy it! 6mo
batsy I found it quite a difficult read, pretty savage. Egan is pretty uncompromising in depicting how society can be. No warm fuzzies here. 6mo
Reggie Have you ever seen that movie Amores Perros? Where there‘s 3 intersecting story lines but ones about a model who is kept by a married man whose wife she used to call at night. Then the model gets in an accident and loses her legs. Then she loses her dog under the floorboards and can always hear it but can‘t get it out. After the married man comes to live with her, now she starts to get phone calls at night. It‘s crazy. 6mo
Cinfhen Reminds me of the true life story of the model who had her face slashed ~ Marla Hanson 6mo
Billypar @batsy Yeah, I think I'd have to be in the right reading mood. But I'm interested where it could go from the description. 6mo
Billypar @Reggie I saw it a long time ago and remember really liking it, but not a lot of the details. What you mentioned sounds vaguely familiar- definite parallels with the Egan novel. I've enjoyed every Inarritu film I've seen- one of my favorite directors. 6mo
Billypar @Cinfhen I don't think I heard about that one- how awful. Hearing those kinds of stories on the news makes you shudder, but I value novels that can put you in the mindset of the survivor who has to overcome the trauma a horrific event like that can cause. 6mo
batsy Definitely recommend it. I've only read this one and The Keep (which I think we've swooned over before :) and really liked both; she's an intriguing writer. @Reggie Thanks for the reminder of that one! Such a good movie. Want to watch it again. 6mo
Reggie @batsy I used to have the hugest crush on Gael Garcia Bernal when I was younger. I had to see everything he was in. (edited) 6mo
batsy @Reggie Me too! I still have a crush, but it's under control now 😂 I still haven't watched Mozart in the Jungle and younger me would be shocked about this lol 6mo
Billypar @batsy @Reggie Yes, have definitely swooned over The Keep before. I haven't swooned over Gael Garcia Bernal but I get it 😁 6mo
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Coleen
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Not one but TWO Christmas cards in today‘s mail already (?!!), along with this lesser-known Jennifer Egan through PaperBackSwap. Has anyone read this one?

Zelma I didn‘t care for it but I‘ve seen good reviews so I think I was an anomaly. 2y
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TheEscapist
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Met Jennifer Egan at a book signing. She is so cool and smart! While she was signing my copy of Manhattan Beach I told her how much I loved this one, and she said that this is her favourite also. And then I stood like a gap-mouthed fool. #starstruck

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quietjenn
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Jennifer Egan it's well-represented on the #fashion tag, as this one totally works too. #septembowie

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rachellayown
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There aren't very many #bookssetinmycity. When I learned Jennifer Egan's LOOK AT ME is I added it to my TBR where it has stayed for years. I'll get to it eventually because I love her and it does sound good!

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jackalope-dreams
Look at Me: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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I love the idea of this book. Let's see if this "idea" holds up ?

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laurenalysse
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His and hers. Mostly hers.

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Danwilli2012
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Pluto had a tougher time getting through this book. The writing was a little rough, but the storyline was captivating.