solid, high-level literary fiction concerning the adventures of a 35-year-old Manhattan model past her peak and who has suffered a car accident altering her features. like the later (2010) [b:Visit from the Goon Squad|7331435|A Visit from the Goon Squad|Jennifer Egan|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1356844046s/7331435.jpg|8975330] time is the implicit theme, the microscopically and agonizingly noted blow-by-blow ravages of declining looks on the obsessive, sensitive, vulnerable, proud Charlotte, whose Midwest past and Manhattan futures form the multi-layered narration that famously 'anticipates 9/11' (which is a bit of a stretch; the actual lines were well in line with what people were saying at the time; there is no crystal ball precise delineation of the plot).
Egan, 39 at time of publication, 50 years old today, is clearly a personality obsessed with time, and if we can speculate that she was to some degree a social butterfly twenty-something who has approached, danced with, known i.n.timately that goon time, on the other hand, Time is a high theme. next to Death, obsession over it probably constitutes the highest form of authorial style, vis-a-vis the bright colors and sunshine writers of the world.
the book loses the fifth star due to its ending. Egan missed the chance to write a true downer work. at its worst, Ally McBeal Manhattan-sun rays; at its best, demonstrates why Egan deserves the Guggenheim and other such fellowships. many kudos to this self-built artist and artisan.
4/5 high literary fiction exceeding DeLillo and Auster in places or even overall; suffers from 'Manhattan is the centre of the universe complex,' where even foreign places are described in relation to Manhattan
(i.e., purely as vacation or trip spots)
I look forward to getting my hands on as much Egan as possible! (acquisition 9 USD, used bookstore; ebook currently $12 (!))