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Look at Me (2001) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Fashion model Charlotte Swenson returns to Manhattan, having just recovered from a catastrophic car accident in her hometown of Rockford, Illinois. The skin of her face is perfect, but behind it lie eighty titanium screws that hold together the bones that were shattered when she hit the unbreakable windscreen of her car.

Unrecognizable to her peers and colleagues, Charlotte finds it impossible to resume her former life. Instead, she floats invisibly through a world of fashion nightclubs and edgy Internet projects, where image and reality are indistinguishable.

During her recovery in Rockford, she had met another Charlotte, the plain-looking teenage daughter of her former best friend. Young Charlotte, alienated from parents and friends, has come under the sway of two men: her uncle, a mentally unstable scholar of the Industrial Revolution, and an enigmatic high school teacher whom she seduces.

In following these tales to their eerie convergence, Look at Me is both a send-up of image culture in America and a mystery of human identity. Egan illuminates the difficulties of shaping an inner life in a culture obsessed with surfaces and asks whether "truth" can have any meaning in an era when reality itself has become a style.

Original title: Look at Me
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics
FictionGeneral FictionUrban / Big City Life

Edition #1: Look at Me

Look at Me (2001)
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Language: English

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Look at Me (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 9780330490412
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.6 x 1.1 in
Pages: 416

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Look at Me (2002)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 9780385721356
Dimensions: 5.2 x 8.1 x 1 in
Pages: 432

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Look at Me (2001)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Nan. A. Talese
ISBN: 9780385502764
Dimensions: 6.6 x 9.5 x 1.4 in
Pages: 432

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