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.

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Imagining the Unimaginable

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The Independent (UK), 12/11/11

“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.”

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“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.”

“Intriguing….An unlikely blend of tabloid luridness and brainy cultural commentary….The novel’s uncanny prescience gives Look at Me a rare urgency.”

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

Jennifer Egan discusses LOOK AT ME

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Salon.com, November 14, 2001
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Face value – By Laura Miller
Jennifer Egan, author of “Look at Me,” talks about her book’s prescient depiction of a terrorist sleeper, the perversities of the fashion world and why male novelists get more credit for writing about big ideas.

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