The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s July pick is Jennifer Egan’s novel Look at Me. Read it and tune in to the Lopate Show on July 14 to hear Jennifer Egan discuss the book with Leonard. You can participate by submitting your questions!
Look at Me, a National Book Award Finalist, is an intellectual thriller that explores the American obsession with image and self-invention. A fashion model named Charlotte Swenson suffers injuries in a car accident that leave her face so badly shattered that it takes eighty titanium screws to reassemble it. When she returns to New York, she is still beautiful but is oddly unrecognizable, a virtual stranger in the world that was once so familiar to her. Egan threads Charlotte’s narrative with the stories of other casualties of our infatuation with image—a deceptively plain teenaged girl who is embarking on a dangerous secret life, an alcoholic private eye, and an enigmatic stranger who adopts different names and accents as he prepares a staggering blow against American society.
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