Reviews for: Look at Me

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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

“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

“Comic, richly imagined, and stunningly written….An energetic, unorthodox, quintessentially American vision of America.”
— The New Yorker

“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 élan 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 satisfying click.”
— Philadelphia Inquirer

“Propelled by plot, peppered with insights, enlivened by quirkily astute characterizations, and displaying an impressive prescience about our newly altered world, Look at Me…takes us beyond what we see and hints at truths we have only just begun to understand….Few recent books have so eloquently demonstrated how often fiction, in its visionary form, speaks of truth.”

“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

“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.”

“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] masterfully entwines the novel’s secondary characters, building to a conclusion that is unexpected and disturbing, and making 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 (where we all seem to be wearing masks) and of our palpable 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

“Fresh, accurate, clear and inventive….The vocabulary, the crisp, graceful sentences, the intelligence of tone, all suggest that behind the narrative is a consciousness, and behind the consciousness a writer who knows what she’s doing.”
— Francine Prose, The New York Observer

“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

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