Look at Us


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Bellevue Literary Press
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About the Author

T. L. Toma is the author of two novels: Border Dance and Look at Us. He studied philosophy at Brown University and Northwestern University, where he received his PhD. He has done solidarity work in Central America and taught in prisons, adult literacy programs, and migrant labor camps. He lives in Philadelphia.


Advance Praise for Look at Us

"Into the lives of a quiet upper-class professional family in Manhattan comes a new nanny, young Maeve from Ireland: suddenly the air is charged with erotic intensity. The mildness was all illusion: soon our central characters are all wreaking heavy damage upon one another. Toma draws his world with Cheeverian nuance and flair; he's deeply insightful about the new American culture of 'watchers'--but to me his greatest skill is his ability to summon pure terror." --George Dawes Green, author of The Caveman's Valentine, The Juror, and Ravens

"Toma's Look at Us is a scrupulous dissection of a contemporary marriage in mortal peril. It's also a wild ride of a novel, gorgeously written, by turns comic, lyrical, elegiac, disturbing, and profound. I couldn't put it down until the startling conclusion, which arrived with such force I gasped. What a vision! Intense and chilling. Not to be missed." --Valerie Martin, author of Property and I Give It to You

"This book holds truths of all kinds--private, studied, euphoric, libidinal, and unbecoming--each one a revelation." --Jackie Polzin, author of Brood

Select Praise for T. L. Toma

"Toma's humor and crisp, staccato style . . . keep his ideas feeling fresh." --New York Times Book Review

"Lively, funny and true to life. . . . Toma writes in a remarkable style, a headlong rush of words, characters and events." --Sun-Sentinel

"[Toma's] prose [is] powerful, impressionistic, and deftly ironic." --Kirkus Reviews