Was She Pretty?

By Leanne Shapton

A dreamy exploration of relationships and jealousy . . . pithy and deadpan . . . it is no self-help book." --Salon

What's left whilst a courting ends? the place does jealousy come from? Delicately and sensitively, Leanne Shapton (Swimming Studies) ruminates on ex-lovers, and our enthusiasts' ex-lovers. a couple of expressive pencil strains define a long-abandoned iciness coat the following, an ineffably beautiful Mona Lisa smile there. each one double web page describes the best way all exes are captured: as most unlikely to reside as much as as a Polaroid taken at a flattering perspective.

This new paperback version of Was She beautiful? brings the reader deep right into a circle of phantoms: its intimate liaisons, embarrassing secrets and techniques, and sardonic anecdotes. Shapton introduces the obsessives and the dilettantes, the poets and the actresses, the folks with nice hair and the folk with idiosyncratic outfits. As humorous because it is insightful, Was She lovely? speaks to a crucial human situation: How will we evaluate? Elegantly drawn and completely narrated, the pages of Was She lovely? are a testimonial to the ability of remark and misapprehension.

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Julie left fourteen exact messages on Jeff’s laptop. She requested, “Have you instructed her approximately me but? ” after which hung up. Alec’s ex-girlfriend Renata used to be an heiress with something for father figures. Bobby’s ex-girlfriend Nina used to be a talented yet afflicted singer. She would regularly cancel indicates as a result of crippling degree fright. Her occupation suffered, yet her infrequent documents are significantly acclaimed and in excessive call for between musicians. She wrote loads of songs approximately her and Bobby. Ted’s ex-girlfriend was once a way clothier.

Uncertain even if this was once a praise, Rita had pressed him additional. Bjorn then admitted to having “spicy” yet no longer “loving” intercourse along with his ex-girlfriend Yael. Lewis’s ex-girlfriend’s name–Fiona–came up at dinner one evening. there has been silence among Lewis and his female friend, Judy, for 11 mins as they lower and chewed their steaks. Harvey used to be a theater director who hottest up to now black girls. Harvey’s female friend, Olivia, was once regularly correcting his manufacturers, crews, and forged as they greeted or brought her as “Karen,” Harvey’s prior female friend.

She requested him whose it was once, and he acknowledged it belonged to his ex-girlfriend and he used to be simply holding it in case she sought after it again. Eugénie additionally discovered a hairclip. She threw it within the rubbish. there has been a vase within the eating room that didn’t relatively appear to Stuart’s flavor. Eugénie couldn’t throw it away, so she concealed it in a cupboard. Alan’s ex-girlfriend Adrienne was once now not his ex-girlfriend. She was once his female friend. Shane’s ex-girlfriend used to be a toddler prodigy. Lionel’s ex-girlfriend Edie loved Brahms. yet she most well-liked cash.

She was once a nurse. She hated her uniform, yet Jonathan enjoyed it. Colleen was once Walter’s ex-girlfriend from med college. She enjoyed to bounce with males at weddings. Martin had by no means pointed out his hauntingly attractive ex-girlfriend Carwai to Heidi. whilst Carwai known as one evening, Martin took the phone to a different room and close the door. Josephine had a routine dream. In it, Robert’s ex-girlfriend Alicia stored attempting to provide Josephine articles of used garments. Jennifer’s boyfriend Richard had an unlimited and dear dresser.

Cm. Prose and drawings approximately human family members, fanatics and jealousy. ISBN-13: 978-0-374-29926-2 (hardcover : alk. paper) ISBN-10: 0-374-29926-9 (hardcover : alk. paper) I. identify. PR 9199. four. S5255 W37 2006 824’.

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