The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty: A Novel

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty: A Novel

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"A sure comic touch . . . smart and sweet . . . a tribute to the pleasures of friendship." —The New Yorker

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… (more)

Editorial reviews (5 reviews)


Filipacchi's novel is a wild, strange collection of conflict, but the message seems to ultimately be that it is our own perception -- our view of ourselves, not the way that other people see us -- that is most limiting.

Readers who’d like to spend a little time at the corner where a brisker Haruki Murakami meets a drier “30 Rock” would do well to seek out Filipacchi’s radiantly intelligent and very funny novel.

Contrived, to put it mildly, but an unsettling portrait of the way extreme physical beauty or ugliness distort people’s impressions.


Book Details  


Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (February 09, 2015)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 288 pages

File size: 571 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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