The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

A Novel

Book - 2015
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A magical and comedic take on modern love, the power of friendship, and the allure of disguise.In the heart of New York City, a group of artistic friends struggles with society's standards of beauty. At the center are Barb and Lily, two women at opposite ends of the beauty spectrum, but with the same problem: each fears she will never find a love that can overcome her looks. Barb, a stunningly beautiful costume designer, makes herself ugly in hopes of finding true love. Meanwhile, her friend Lily, a brilliantly talented but plain-looking musician, goes to fantastic lengths to attract the man who has rejected her--with results that are as touching as they are transformative.To complicate matters, Barb and Lily discover that they may have a murderer in their midst, that Barb's calm disposition is more dangerously provocative than her beauty ever was, and that Lily's musical talents are more powerful than anyone could have imagined. Part literary whodunit, part surrealist farce, The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty serves as a smart, modern-day fairy tale. With biting wit and offbeat charm, Amanda Filipacchi illuminates the labyrinthine relationship between beauty, desire, and identity, asking at every turn: what does it truly mean to allow oneself to be seen?
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393243871
0393243877
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 332 pages ; 22 cm

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AnnaDanae
Jan 31, 2016

Poorly executed. Full of errors and inconsistencies. Author didn't appear to have any grasp on the subjects explored, or how to write in an intelligent, engaging manner.

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TiffanyChristou
Jun 30, 2015

So unique, a deep look of the way we look at things through a satirical set of mystical glasses. Unlike anything I've ever read, if you like to take your imagination on a ride, check this book out!

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