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Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him Paperback – April 29, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
But something happens to the novel around the middle. The story becomes a chiché, and the "surprise" manages to be both predictable and, in the way it is revealed, absurd. It's almost as if a different, and lesser, writer had penned the second half of the novel, or as if Ganek had given up and decided to get it over with quickly. It's a shame, because this could have been a good novel.
While the insider's perspective of the art world is interesting, it is not the central focus of the novel, as many reviews would lead one to believe. The novel is really about people--Mia especially--and their simple pettiness, their generosity, the goodness, and their regrets. Though some of the characters are flamboyant, they all seem real and approachable. They have conversations that sound genuinely like conversations that real people might have. The absurdities of the super rich are certainly on display in the novel but, unlike similar novels (The Right Address in particular comes to mind), these characters are what they are. Ganek presents them as people rather than as ciphers and that is refreshing.
Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of this novel is the pure love for art that Mia possesses.Read more ›
brainless romance novel, a breezy summer read, but in truth it is the iron fist in the velvet glove. Obviously the authoress has intimate insider knowledge of the NY art scene and has a lot of axes to grind....so she has cleverly adopted this cream puff, witless ingenue heroine to tell her story while back-stabbing everyone in the room. The major dealers in the NYC art scene will probably recognize themselves here. It's a wonder the authoress wasn't sued for libel. At times she drops her guard (who, moi?) and lets her true self come out with comments like: Art Is The New Cocaine. Loved this juicy, informative book.
When talented artist Jeffrey Finelli is killed by a taxi on his opening night gala, Mia watches the entire accident in slow mo. She also observes the fascinating holy war over his paintings as a battle royal between collectors and his estate explodes. His death leads to a feeding frenzy as everyone wants to own an original Finelli especially his masterpiece "Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him". However, the painting's model, Finelli's niece, Lulu claims ownership.
Lulu and Mia become friends; encouraging each other. The former quits Wall St to paint and takes a chance on love with an artist; while the latter begins to date art dealer Zach Roberts while quitting her candy girl role to become a writer.
In many ways this chick lit tale is a coming of age story as Mia finds her groove when she stops watching and begins doing. The story line is amusing as Finelli stars in the art of death with his posthumous season being like uneaten asparagus quickly over though his masterpiece keeps reselling. This is a fun look at the art world as Lulu and Mia take no prisoners.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great weekend read. Very enlightening in regards to the art scene in New York. Intelligently witty. Sweet ending.Published 23 months ago by Joseph Young
My book club discussed this book. I received the book from Amazon in the condition and the time frame promised.Published on January 23, 2010 by Book Lover
Danielle Ganek desperately wanted her novel, Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him, to be a witty, chic, well-written novel. Read morePublished on March 30, 2008 by Book Dork
This book just didn't appeal to me. The characters were well done, but bored me. I was disappointed because the blurb attracted me to it. Someone else may love it, but not I! Read morePublished on February 17, 2008 by Isabelle Jolly
Light, fluffy, funny - read it and forget about the cold weather for a day. Nice way to spend time when you don't want to go out.Published on January 30, 2008 by Kathleen L. Nickason
I enjoyed this book! Danielle Ganek pulls no punches as she sets out to lambaste the world of contemporary art through the eyes of Mia- the gallerina who tells us the story. Read morePublished on January 29, 2008 by L. Dunkelman
After reading review in NYT I was made to feel that if I didn't read this book I would be culturally deprived. Was I set up for a big disappointment? Read morePublished on January 8, 2008 by doyoureadme
Great first novel. I felt as if I were in New York trying to hail a cab in high heels while I was reading it. If the fast paced art scene of Chelsea interests you, you're in luck. Read morePublished on December 12, 2007 by Book Club of One