Look at Me (Compact Disc)
At the start of this edgy and ambitiously multilayered novel, 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 teenage 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.
Jennifer Egan is the author of "The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus," and the story collection "Emerald City." Her novel "A Visit from the Goon Squad" won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have been published in "The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope," and "Ploughshares."