Look at Me|Jennifer Egan
Look at Me
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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST - In this ambitiously multilayered novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, a fashion model named Charlotte Swenson emerges from a car accident in her Illinois hometown with her face so badly shattered that it takes eighty titanium screws to reassemble it.

She returns to New York still beautiful but oddly unrecognizable, a virtual stranger in the world she once effortlessly occupied.

With the surreal authority of a David Lynch, Jennifer Egan threads Charlotte's narrative with those of other casualties of our infatuation with the image. There's a deceptively plain teenaged girl embarking on a dangerous secret life, an alcoholic private eye, and an enigmatic stranger who changes names and accents as he prepares an apocalyptic blow against American society.

As these narratives inexorably converge, Look at Me becomes a coolly mesmerizing intellectual thriller of identity and imposture.


  • ISBN-13: 9780385721356
  • ISBN-10: 0385721358
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: October 2002
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
  • Page Count: 544

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Look at Me

This National Book Award finalist tells the story of fashion model Charlotte Swenson, whose life is irrevocably altered when she's involved in a car accident that savages her face. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Charlotte returns to her old life in New York to find that no one recognizes her. Paralleling her story is that of the teenaged daughter of her former best friend—a young girl in search of an identity who has an affair with her high school math teacher. Exploring the effects of fame and the strange new worlds available in cyberspace, Egan has written an elegant, timely and suspenseful novel—a book that captures all the speed and glamour of contemporary culture. A reading group guide is available in print and online at