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 while a courting ends? the place does jealousy come from? Delicately and sensitively, Leanne Shapton (Swimming Studies) ruminates on ex-lovers, and our fans' ex-lovers. a couple of expressive pencil strains define a long-abandoned iciness coat right here, an ineffably captivating Mona Lisa smile there. every one double web page describes the best way all exes are captured: as very unlikely to stay as much as as a Polaroid taken at a flattering perspective.

This new paperback variation of Was She lovely? 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 folk with nice hair and the folks with idiosyncratic outfits. As humorous because it is insightful, Was She lovely? speaks to a crucial human crisis: How will we evaluate? Elegantly drawn and completely narrated, the pages of Was She beautiful? are a testimonial to the facility of remark and misapprehension.

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She requested, “Have you advised her approximately me but? ” after which hung up. Alec’s ex-girlfriend Renata used to be an heiress with a specific thing for father figures. Bobby’s ex-girlfriend Nina was once a proficient yet singer. She would regularly cancel exhibits as a result of crippling degree fright. Her profession suffered, yet her infrequent files are significantly acclaimed and in excessive call for between musicians. She wrote loads of songs approximately her and Bobby. Ted’s ex-girlfriend used to be a manner clothier. Elizabeth had no challenge with exes. It was once the ladies who changed her that drove her loopy. They constantly had: thinner ankles, poutier lips, and PhDs. Fred’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine used to be muse to the executive clothier at a centuries-old model residence. He stated she used to be clairvoyant. She was once bisexual. Ghislaine’s ex-girlfriend Sophie borrowed loads of her outfits, yet by no means reciprocated. ultimately Ghislaine grew to become envious of this. Todd’s ex-girlfriend Wendy had attractive moles on fascinating elements of her physique. Isaac wouldn't enable Rebecca resolution the phone in his house. Norman’s ex-girlfriend Agnes used to be a persuasive and sleek salesclerk. She wore a refined yet intoxicating fragrance, a combination she made herself from Fracas, vetiver crucial oil, and previous Spice. Owen used to be Agnes’s ex-boyfriend. He had brought her as his “friend” one too again and again. Sarah used to be Michael’s ex-girlfriend for ten years, yet may ultimately be his spouse. Philip’s ex-girlfriend Estefania was once an competitive Argentinian twiglet and the face of a multinational cosmetics conglomerate. Philip might indicate her photo to his female friend in journal ads and on exhibit in airport duty-free retailers. Estefania’s ex-boyfriend urged she put on darker denims. Carl’s ex-girlfriend was once Sheila. They’d had a heavy dating in highschool and made definite they saved in contact all through their lives. they usually locate themselves within the related Midwestern urban for enterprise. Ken’s ex-girlfriend Sonya were donning jap clothier outfits for many years. Sonya’s ex-boyfriend Akira was once a fine-art photographer. He released a booklet of images, them all intimate pics of Sonya taken through the lean years they'd spent jointly in Japan. Jean-Paul’s ex-girlfriend Eugénie may perhaps soft-boil an egg, make clean espresso, and toast a baguette all within the time it took her to roll a cigarette, mild it over the gasoline flame, and smoke it patiently on the range in her lingerie. She did this after emerging overdue each one morning. whilst Eugénie moved in with Stuart, she stumbled on a woman’s wintry weather coat in his closet. She requested him how lengthy it have been there, and he stated a couple of 12 months. She requested him whose it was once, and he acknowledged it belonged to his ex-girlfriend and he was once simply conserving it in case she sought after it again. Eugénie additionally came upon a hairclip. She threw it within the rubbish. there has been a vase within the eating room that didn’t particularly 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 was once a baby prodigy.

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