Jennifer Egan

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Look At Me

National Book Award Finalist
book | Fiction | 2002
US → Nan A. Talese
UK & Comm → Constable & Robinson

In her first novel since her widely praised debut, The Invisible Circus, Jennifer Egan demonstrates once again her virtuosity at weaving a spellbinding, ambitious story with language that dazzles. In this boldly innovative and symphonic novel, she captures the tenor of our times and offers an unsettling glimpse of the future.

Fashion model Charlotte Swenson returns to Manhattan, having just recovered from a catastrophic car accident in her hometown of Rockford, Illinois. The skin of her face is perfect, but behind it lie eighty titanium screws taht hold together the bones that were shattered when she hit the unbreakable windscreen of her car.

Unrecognizable to her peers and colleagues, Charlotte finds it impossible to resume her former life. Instead, she floats invisibly through an ephemeral world of fashion nightclubs and Internet projects, where image and reality are indistinguishable.

During her recovery in Rockford, she had met another Charlotte, the plain-looking teenage daughter of her former best-friend. Young Charlotte, alienated from her parents and friends, has come under the sway of two men: her uncle, a mentally unstable scholar of the Industrial Revolution, and an enigmatic high school teacher whom she seduces.

In following these tales to their eerie convergence, Look at Me is both a satire of image culture in America and a mystery of human identity. Egan illuminates the difficulties of shaping an inner life in a culture obsessed with surfaces and asks whether "truth" can have any meaning in an era when reality itselft has become a style.

Written with masterful intelligence and grace, Look at Me clearly establishes Jennifer Egan as one of the most daring and gifted novelists of her generation.

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Reviews

Egan continues to fulfill the literary promise she showed in her previous fiction.
Library Journal
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This is a masterfully plotted, unceasingly dramatic novel whose thrilling and provocative power lies in its hard-edged mirroring of our franchised, online, and wildly decadent world.
Booklist (starred review)
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Ambitious, swiftly paced.
O, The Oprah Magazine

Dark, hugely ambitious.
Elle

Brilliantly unnerving...a haunting, sharp, splendidly articulate novel.
New York Times

Richly imagined and stunningly written.
New Yorker

Look at Me is exquisitely written...her prose is always limber and glossy.
The Observer

It's funny and serious, dry, sly and wry. The writing is as pin-sharp as the perceptions. Read it.
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