Look At Me

After writing The Invisible Circus, in which the action of the novel is rather fully explained psychologically, I wanted to write a book whose connections were felt rather than understood, a book that was more deeply mysterious.

Author Essay: Imagining the Unimaginable

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Reviews

The Independent (UK)

“I can’t do this 514-page novel justice in 250 words. It’s funny and serious, dry, sly and wry. The writing is as pin-sharp as the perceptions. If you didn’t read it in 2011, make it your New Year’s resolution to read it in 2012.”

 

“Brilliantly unnerving….A haunting, sharp, splendidly articulate novel.”
— The New York Times

“Egan goes deeper, surprising us again and again. [She] 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

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Interviews

The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club, WNYC, 7/14/11

Look at Me explores the American obsession with image and self-invention. A fashion model named Charlotte Swenson suffers injuries in a car accident that leave her face so badly shattered that it takes 80 titanium screws to reassemble it. She is still beautiful but is oddly unrecognizable.”

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