The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty


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$25.95  $24.13
W. W. Norton & Company
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5.9 X 1.1 X 8.5 inches | 1.0 pounds
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Funny, surreal, absurd and charmingly preposterous.--Sarah Lyall
A surreal and utterly compelling triumph.--Buzzfeed
[A] zanily satirical, spot-on novel.--Leigh Haber
An ingeniously crafted fictional meditation on power and freedom, essence and appearance that takes the form of a philosophical farce. A delight for the mind that penetrates the heart.--Walter Kirn
Amanda Filipacchi is one of the most original storytelling minds I know. Here, she has written a seductively powerful fable about the ugly powers of beauty, the redemptive powers of creativity, and the nature of true love. Every page abounds in mystery, delight and surprise.--Sheila Heti
The best comic novelist writing today.--Ed Park
Amanda Filipacchi has crafted a delightful gem, an unusual mixture of laughter and suspense. One never knows what's going to happen next in this odd and charming universe. This is a wonderfully absurd and comedic novel that also reads like a page-turning whodunit.--Jonathan Ames
Loopily entertaining.--Joanna Scutts
[A] sure comic touch... smart and sweet... a tribute to the pleasures of friendship.
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.--Ellis Avery
[A] farcical novel... riveting to read.--Nathan Reese
Magic spills from the pores of Filipacchi's story... The resulting romp is a witty and honest rendering of the unknowable distance between perception and reality, exploring the possibility that beauty is literally in the eyes of the beholder.--Alexandra Coakley
Filipacchi's lively story reflects on the unearned power that beauty confers on its recipients... breezy with a bite.--Maureen Corrigan
An astute, piercing look at the value society and individuals place on appearance... impossible to put down and utterly dead-on in its assessment of human nature.
Amanda Filipacchi writes with a deceptive ease, creating magic out of thin air. She makes the ordinary come alive with possibility and stuffs her pages full of laughter, sadness and characters that are unforgettable...Filipacchi is one of our best satirists.--Neil La Bute
Amanda Filipacchi's untamed imagination makes the world a little more fun to live in. This witty novel shines a blacklight on beauty, to reveal its dark side, and the author's irrepressibly zany one.--Roxana Robinson
Takes a fairy tale, flips it on its head, and adds an element of murder... will both make you laugh and keep you on the edge of your seat.--Lynsey Eidell
Filipacchi's fourth [novel], is a critique of how society's visual valuations override the importance of character: a 'don't judge a book by its cover' manifesto.
Part murder mystery, part satire, part meditation, Ms. Filipacchi's book has also been called a modern fairy tale.--Laren Stover