Look at Me

Look at Me

by Jennifer Egan
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Overview

Look at Me by Jennifer Egan

A National Book Award Finalist
In this ambitiously multilayered novel from the acclaimed and award-winning writer Jennifer Egan, 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 Charlotte’s narrative with those of other casualties of our infatuation with the image. There’s 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400033270
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/23/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 106,724
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jennifer Egan is the author of four novels: A Visit from the Goon SquadThe Keep, Look at Me, 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.

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Look at Me 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book and have been passing my copy around to all my friends. It's very engaging, Ms Egan does a brilliant job wryly commenting on our strange society and bizarre obsessions. She deconstructs americans with more intelligence and humor than Douglas Coupland ever could. She's on equal footing with the early John Irving (World according to Garp), but definitely has her own distinct voice. Really brilliant.
bookwormiest More than 1 year ago
I discovered this author during a conversation about great contemporary American authors. I'm so glad I did. Her social observational powers are formidable, her commentary scathing. Unusually, her characters were just about uniformly interesting, while differing from each other significantly. Although the first half was more fun to read, the second half was also more important and thought-provoking. I disliked how uncomfortable some of it made me, and that means the author hit home!
Teresa Wells More than 1 year ago
I loved this book . If you enjoy a journey into the discovery of a character you have many to choose from. From the main character Charlotte and all her flaws asthe only world she know starts crumbling around her, to her namesake who is jyst beginning self discovery and learning that everyone wears a differnt face. I especially loved Moose whose journey although similar to Charlotte's took such a different turn. Then finally the end where all the threads are weaved together so beautifully
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently found this author, and I am amazed at her literary abilities. She is an excellent writer with strong vocabulary and character development. Jennifer Egan must be an insightful person herself given the psychology behind her characters. I will admit it did lose a bit of steam at the end, but I still very much enjoyed this bizarre tale of broken individuals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounded like an interesting story, but was bizarre, disjointed, and confusing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible waste of time. I tried to keep an open mind, but half way through it stopped making sense. The reader never gets a fully developed sense of any characters and the story line could not keep my attention.
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I read it through which is saying a lot but it wasn't my favorite. Entertaining.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i was so disappointed in this book. it started off pretty good but then got kind of strange. i only finished it to get some kind of closure or explanation to the characters. i about died when it ended--waste of time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beginning of this book grabbed me and I really enjoyed it, but by the end I was literally skimming the pages just to finish it. I never understood the character of Moose. The author kept describing this 'vision' that he had but it was never clear to me. Also, I really thought that Z would have more of a finalization in the story tying together with Halliday and the elder Charlotte. This never happened. From the middle of the book to the end, I grew increasingly more disappointed. I really wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I chose to read this book for a school project. My topic is the sturggle people have with their idenity. This book is a great support for my thesis. Both Charlotes are very complex and strange within themselves. I enjoyed the debth the characters had and how they ended up so intertwined in the end. Over all the book was good. It did not take long to read. I was not to interested in the character Moose, however I can see his relevence in the text. I would worn other readers that the book can get somewhat graphic, but I think it adds to the characters and their search for themselves. Although the novel will be very useful as a recourse for my paper, I wish the story line had more suspence and suprises. Over all though I the book was good. I would recomend this book to anyonelooking for a story that gives the indepth look of a well thoughtout group of characters.