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Ganek sends up the Chelsea art scene in her knowing debut. If your taste runs toward the perceptive, with revelatory observations about contemporary culture, then a masterpiece awaits you in her first novel.
The delightful Mia McMurray is a receptionist at a New York art gallery. Stuck in her job, uninspired in her love life, and harboring a longing to kick-start her own career as a painter, Mia is treading water. Things change, however, when an unknown artist is killed on the opening night of his show. Unsurprisingly, there's a sudden market shift, and a thunderous demand arises for the dead man's work -- with Mia's gallery in the eye of the storm.
Ganek's thorough dissection of the art world is completely credible -- she is, in fact, a collector herself. Her tale of a small, cannibalistic community is reminiscent of others (The Devil Wears Prada) yet wholly her own. To her credit, Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him is much more than a social satire. It's also the story of a struggling young woman who learns to confront herself and move on with her life. In this way, Lulu isn't the only one to meet God and doubt him; Mia meets God, and doubts him, too. (Fall 2007 Selection)