The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

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$15.95  $14.83
W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 0.9 X 8.1 inches | 0.6 pounds
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Funny, surreal, absurd and charmingly preposterous.--Sarah Lyall
A surreal and utterly compelling triumph.--Buzzfeed
[A] farcical novel . . . riveting to read.--Nathan Reese
[A] zanily satirical, spot-on novel.--Leigh Haber
A delight for the mind that penetrates the heart.--Walter Kirn
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.--Neil La Bute
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
A delightful gem, an unusual mixture of laughter and suspense.--Jonathan Ames
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
Loopily entertaining.--Joanna Scutts
The funniest novelist you've never heard of. . . . Few comic novelists get characters talking so naturally, and amusingly.--John Freeman
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
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