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Look at Me: A Novel Paperback – October 8, 2002
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More About the Author
Egan has published short stories in many magazines, including The New Yorker, Harpers, Granta and McSweeney's. Her first novel, The Invisible Circus, came out in 1995 and was released as a movie starring Cameron Diaz in 2001. Her second novel, Look at Me, was a National Book Award Finalist in 2001, and her third, The Keep, was a national bestseller. Also a journalist, Egan has written many cover stories for the New York Times Magazine on topics ranging from young fashion models to the secret online lives of closeted gay teens. Her 2002 cover story on homeless children received the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award, and her 2008 story on bipolar children won an Outstanding Media Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
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Top Customer Reviews
Egan's novel not only discusses Middle Eastern sleeper cells in a pre-9/11/2001 world, it also predicts the absolute explosion of reality television and marketing, and the phenomenon of social networking on the Internet via tell-all personal spaces. (She wrote the novel over a six-year period and published in mid-2001).
The recurring theme is that of identity, and of the secret or shadow selves that we all hide. Egan's characters struggle to present the right face to the world (in some cases hiring manipulative publicists and marketers) while battling inner demons. The lives of her richly detailed characters gradually converge in a breathtaking climax that changes each one irrevocably.
It makes one wonder about the books chosen for book awards. While this book was only a finalist, I still have to wonder why it would have been in contention. I certainly don't expect my personal tastes to match those of these committees given the task of choosing the best books, but I do expect to be able to understand the merits of a chosen book, to see what others might see in it. Did the National Book Award folks decide on ambition alone? I certainly think Egan began with a topic challenging to author and reader, but doesn't the fact that she fails in her task weigh in the decision? I suppose I hadn't been let down more by a book in a long time and much of the reason was because of that silver stamp on the cover.
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I loved Visit from the Goon Squad. This wasn't nearly as good. Good writing but annoying plot and characters.Published 4 days ago by Erica
This novel quickly enveloped me. The prose, the characters...Just wonderful!Published 6 days ago by Lori
I read this book because I absolutely loved “A Visit from the Goon Squad”. In my opinion “LOOK AT ME” isn't as good as Goon Squad but I still made it through this 500 page book;... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Tapp
Did not enjoy at all. Too wordy and scattered. I had a difficult time followingPublished 3 months ago by carol hackett gaser
I couldn't even finish this book it was all over the place. I tried to stick with it hoping a plot would surface but gave up 60% of the way through. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kourtney
I regard Ms. Egan as one of our A-list literary novelists. I have read,
and in come cases re-read her work, and find her writing both entertaining
and profound. Read more
Maybe I am too old to appreciate this novel. I couldn't relate to any of the characters. I thought they were all shallow, self involved and not very likeable.Published 5 months ago by Judith L. Rusk
This book jumps around from character to character and gets more broken up as the book goes along. I found this very distracting and didn't think it transitioned from character to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by dawn