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Look At Me Paperback – October, 2000
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Mixing urban edge with magic realism, this lyrical first novel is the frank story of a young woman trying to come to terms with her sexual promiscuity and fear of falling in love. Look at Me tells the story of Dana, whose mother was loving and charismatic, with some of the powers of a witch, but who dies tragically young. In response, Dana, barely in her teens, learns to use sex to grab attention and relieve her loneliness. As an adult, a geneticist working in a large hospital in Washington, D.C., she feels caught between the different pulls of her parents. A scientist like her father, she still seeks the irrational, nurturing atmosphere her mother created. As Dana puts it, "a man of science wedded to a sorceress" - what kind of daughter indeed can issue from such a mixed heritage?
Dana's odyssey is that of a sexual aggressor, comfortable with the 'slut' side of her nature, but frightened by any love that she cannot control. She has a compulsion to prove her ability to attract, again and again, but finally has to grapple with the dangerous urges she finds in herself and acts out. Look at Me is a striking debut, a spare, beautifully written novel by a twenty-four year-old talent with a highly intelligent take on compulsive sex and the fear of losing oneself to love.
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It's definitely not for the sensible types who like black and white and neat little packages. There's a fluidity to her writing, an ebbing and flowing that I found refreshing and stimulating. She doesn't draw conclusions or spell out moral lessons. She states the facts of her life, bare as bone, and uses poetic imagery as a vehicle to express her experiences.
If you've worn loneliness like a familiar t-shirt rather than a disabling condition, if you've entertained compulsive behaviour because you can't contain your rage, if you've seen your world in rhythyms and colors rather than facts and achievements, then read Look at Me and revel in all it's philosophical wanderings, fluid language and raw emotion.
But, thought frustrated with Dana, you can't help but relate to her on some level.
Lauren Porosoff Mitchell, good work! Looking forward to your second novel.....
Now where can I find those necklaces at Eastern Market?
I also find it particularly suspicious that the positive reviews are (1) from the author's residence (the local DC area), (2) someone with the author's last name who refers to the author by first name, or (3) anonymous. Perhaps a blatantly transparent job of self-promotion?