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Look at Me: A Novel by Jennifer Egan Gorgeous, Witty, And WiseAt the start of this edgy and ambitiously multilayered novel, a fashionmodel named Charlotte Swenson emerges from a car accident in herIllinois hometown with her face so badly shattered that it takes eightytitanium screws to reassemble it. She returns to New York still beautiful butoddly unrecognizable, a virtual stranger in the world she once effortlesslyoccupied.With the surreal authority of a David Lynch, Jennifer Egan threadsCharlotte’s narrative with those of other casualties of our infatuation withthe image. There’s a deceptively plain teenaged girl embarking on adangerous secret life, an alcoholic private eye, and an enigmatic strangerwho changes names and accents as he prepares an apocalyptic blowagainst American society. As these narratives inexorably converge, Lookat Me becomes a coolly mesmerizing intellectual thriller of identity andimposture.
Personal Review: Look at Me: A Novel by Jennifer EganAfter plowing through a few novels that left me with the distinct feeling ofsomeone "painting by the numbers," I started "Look At Me" by JenniferEgan and felt right away that here was something different--here was astory that seemed charged with emotion, a narrative that seemed, aboveall else, to care deeply about its characters and the connections betweenthem. It begins with the story of a former fashion model whose entire facewas reconstructed after a car accident. The accident occurred near herhometown of Rockford, Illinois, and she spends her initial convalescencethere, slowly peeling back the memories of how she got to where she is,while at the same time facing the question of who she really is and can benow. This story is inter-leaved and inter-connected with the stories ofseveral other characters, all of whom are obsessed with identity issues oftheir own--issues at the heart of what it means to be American in the 21stcentury. Slowly we uncover how the accident happened, and the shadowyfigure at the heart of it, whos connected to the various stories in ways weonly gradually learn.Its quite an ambitious work, and one that has some flaws--some of thecharacters are simply less interesting than others, while others take a whileto become interesting. But frankly Id much rather read a flawed attempt atgreatness than another competent, earth-bound book. This was adeserving National Book Award finalist. A bravura performance. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Look at Me: A Novel by Jennifer Egan 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!