Look at Me
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.
The stunningly well praised second novel from Jennifer Egan the author of the bestselling A Visit from the Goon Squad, which also won the Pulitzer Prize.
"Brilliantly unnerving. . . . A haunting, sharp, splendidly articulate novel." - "The New York Times" "Comic, richly imagined, and stunningly written. . . . An energetic, unorthodox, quintessentially American vision of America." - "The New Yorker" "Look at Me" is so engrossing, energetic, sharp, and funny, it reminded me of Ralph Ellison's masterpiece, "Invisible Man."" -Maureen Corrigan, "Fresh Air" (NPR) "Arresting. . . . "Look at Me "is the real thing-brave, honest, unflinching. [It] is itself a mirror in which we can clearly see the true face of the times in which we live." -Francine Prose, "The New York Observer "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" "Intriguing. . . . An unlikely blend of tabloid luridness and brainy cultural commentary. . . . The novel's uncanny prescience gives "Look at Me "a rare urgency." - "Time" "Egan has created some compelling characters and written provocative meditations on our times. . . . [She] has captured our culture in its edge-city awfulness." -"The Washington Post Book World" "Look at Me" is a complicated novel . . . but the questions it raises are worth following a lifetime of labyrinths toward the answers." - "Los Angeles Times" "Ambitious, swiftly paced. . . . Egan writes with such shimmering elan that it's easy to follow her cast on its journey." - "The Wall Street Journal" "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 satisfyingclick." -"Philadelphia Inquirer" "Impressive. . . . Few recent books have so eloquently demonstrated how often fiction, in its visionary form, speaks of truth." -"Salon.com" "Look at Me "makes us think about our trust in the images that bombard us, and what we give away in the process." - Chicago Tribune" "Egan's rich new novel . . . is about bigger things: double lives; secret selves; the difficulty of really seeing anything in a world so flooded with images." - "The Nation" "Stunning. . . . This is more than a story, it's a thought-world, a novel of ideas brilliantly cloaked in the skin of characters." - "The Sunday Oregonian" "Egan's take . . . is surreal and profoundly ironic and exaggerated, but it still rings true. . . . Beneath it all, she finds characters worth saving." -"Hartford Courant" "Breathtaking. . . . Combines the tautness of a good mystery with the measured, exquisitely articulated detail and emotional landscape of the most literary of narratives. . . . Sure to leave readers thinking about these very real characters for some time to come." - "BookPage" "An imaginative, well-paced read with serious questions about the elusiveness of meaning inside the gilded cage. Egan has intelligence to burn but plenty of feeling too." - "People" "Part mystery, part cultural critique, ["Look at Me"]"," . . build[s] to a conclusion that is unexpected and disturbing, and makes an incisive statement about our society's obsession with fame and glamour." - "San Francisco Chronicle" "Riveting. . . . As the book gains momentum, Egan's writing is both fluid and driven, with wonderful slashes of satire. . . . A remarkable study of our culture . . . and of ourpalpable need to be known." - "O: The Oprah Magazine "Egan has created a compelling world. . . . With [her] graceful prose and vivid characterizations, she navigates her plot lines' churning waters with admirable skill." - "Seattle Weekly" "A scintillating inquiry into the complex and profound dynamics of perception. . . . Egan . . . animates a superb cast of intriguing and unpredictable characters, and tells an elegantly structured, emotionally arresting and slyly suspenseful story." - "Newsday" "Dark, hugely ambitious. . . . As riveting as a roadside wreck-and noxiously, scathingly funny." - "Elle" "Intelligent and refreshingly dark, Egan's eerie tale has the same mesmerizing pull as the culture it skewers." - Us Weekly" "This masterfully plotted work bears the stamp of a perceptive-if not clairvoyant-writer whose disturbing vision . . . rings all too true." - SF Weekly" "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"
Jennifer Egan is the author of the critically acclaimed A Visit from the Goon Squad, The Keep, The Invisible Circus, and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story, and Ploughshares, and her nonfiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.